Why am I forgetting so much?
July 10, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
How good is a good memory, really? And when should memory loss be a concern?
posted by thrasher to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've never been good at (or cared to be good at) retaining book/movie plots, directions, people's names or important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc), but lately I'm beginning to wonder about myself.
I went to get glasses last month and the eye doctor convinced me to try contacts. I was certain I'd never worn them before, until they were showing me how to put them in and, upon doing it, I realized it felt vaguely familiar. I had to ask my ex-husband, who reminded me that yes indeed, I did wear a contact lens in one eye for several months in about 2003-4 and eventually abandoned it for being too much of a hassle. It alarms me that I managed to completely jettison such basic knowledge about myself and my own experiences.
There are other things that people will refer to or ask me about that I have no recognition of having happened, even if they're evens in the not-too-distant past (sometimes reading my journal of the past year is surprising).
Is this unusual? Is there a way to improve it?