If you or a family member is having noticeable memory issues or possibly symptoms of dementia, seek professional medical help. The first thing you should understand is that memory issues can either be dementia or Alzheimer’s.  What many individuals don’t realize is that it can start as early as one’s forties.  If you see memory issues in yourself or someone else, also see if they are having impaired thoughts and behavioral changes. After a stroke occurs one may also develop vascular dementia.  If you believe that once you are diagnosed that there is no hope you are wrong. There are medications that can slow it down and engaging in mental exercises such as puzzles and reading regularly will help.  There is a man I know who is constantly doing word puzzles everyday.  It is clear that he has memory issues yet I think he is afraid to know what is really wrong.  If you exercise, have mental stimulation, improve your sleep and eat a healthy diet then it could even reverse cognitive decline.  As we all age, how often have you heard, “You are getting older now.  Of course you have memory issues.  It’s a natural part of aging.”  No it is not part of the aging process.  Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean your brain is going to stop working and you will fall into cognitive decline.  According to the World Health Organization, an estimated forty-seven million people are currently living with dementia worldwide.  If you think it’s slowing down, think again.  The WHO believes it will increase to seventy-five million by 2030.  If no one has memory issues in your family history, don’t rule it out for yourself.  Certain factors contribute to memory loss such as living near a busy road, taking certain medications, smoking, lack of exercise, and even a vitamin D deficiency could increase your risk of developing dementia. As you read this blog and begin thinking you have memory issues it may not be dementia or Alzheimer’s.  It’s quite possible that prescriptions, chronic stress, lack of proper nutrition and possibly deficiencies in vitamins B1 and B12 could lead to memory issues.  So rather than worry, seek medical help if you feel any of this article applies to you or a family member.  In the Good Gus series, there were older adults but no one had memory issues.  It is available on Kindle exclusviely worldwide.  If you choose reading to help your memory issues, please consider “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on these excellent e-book websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.