Sir Ian Murray McKellen, 80, has an extensive catalog of acting achievements in his name, receiving six Laurence Olivier awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, to name but a few. The actor also earned respect for helping to promote LBGT rights and, to that end, co-founded Stonewall, a UK LGBT rights lobby group, named after the Stonewall riots. McKellen has also appeared in a series of TV ads to support Age UK, the charity recently formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.
In an interview with Radio Times a few years ago, the actor revealed the impact aging has had on his own life, spreading how much easier it was for young people to learn.
Sir Ian revealed that he finds & # 39; limitations & # 39; when it comes to your memory these days.
He said, "We all have limitations, we don't have, no matter how old they are. But there are times in life when memory really gets worse and the mind doesn't work as it should.
He continued: 'And if you got to the stage where you couldn't remember anything, that would be very distressing. Fortunately, I'm not there yet. "
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Your GP may refer you to a memory specialist for further evaluation, and additional tests such as exams may also sometimes be necessary, says the health site.
He added, "Any recommended treatment will depend on the cause of your memory problems."
How to Know Memory Loss is a Sign of Dementia
Memory loss is often one of the first signs of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease – a neurological brain disorder caused by brain damage from disease.
As Alzheimers UK explained, "Initially, memory lapses can be confused with normal forgetfulness that usually increases as people get older or stressed."
"However, in someone with dementia, it will gradually become clear that memory problems are becoming more severe and persistent."
Memory loss will also be accompanied by changes in the way a person thinks, behaves, and feels – this can make coping with everyday life even more difficult, the institution says.
There are certain strategies that people can implement to decrease memory loss associated with dementia, however, such as trying "life history work," according to Alzheimers UK.
This involves getting the person with dementia to jot down important experiences, people, and places in their lives in the form of a book, photo album, or something they digitally create.
The institution said: “Many people find life history work enjoyable and this can help with memory problems. It can also be used as a prompt or to help healthcare professionals understand more about the person. "
Another alternative is to encourage reminiscence in a person with dementia, leading them to talk about a period, event, or subject from their past.
As the charity explained, "This can be done in groups or individually, and you can do it with a professional or a friend or family member."
Working with life stories and reminiscences can sometimes have the unintended impact of digging up difficult memories and being upset. If this happens, the person should be supported to express their feelings and approach the memory (if they are comfortable doing so), advises the health body.