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Dogsjj Wed 11-Apr-18 17:46:49

Is it just me, or does anyone else do this? When my husband and I are trying to remember a name, person or place and neither of us can remember I always remember the first letter and then he usually remembers the rest. It's weird!

Witzend Fri 13-Apr-18 13:23:37

I always have a problem lately with the name of a very common garden shrub. It's mahonia - and it's taken me a minute or two just now to recall it. I always know it begins with M, though.

With other things - names or words - I usually find that if I stop trying to recall it, the old subconscious gets to work and it will pop up half an hour or so later.

pollyperkins Fri 13-Apr-18 14:01:43

Yes, usually in the middle of the night I find. Thinking about something else and the name you had been struggling to remember earlier just pops into your head unbidden! As if your subconscious had been working away in the background.

Jennylynn Fri 13-Apr-18 14:55:55

I thought I was the only person who does this. I have mentioned it to friends and family before and they think I’m odd. So pleased to know that I am not the only person who does this

willa45 Fri 13-Apr-18 16:28:16

What can I say except....... "The name is familiar but the face escapes me" confused grin

holdingontometeeth Fri 13-Apr-18 17:41:01

I still have all my marbles.
I occasionally play with them on the carpet. Reminds me of my childhood.

Nanny41 Fri 13-Apr-18 22:37:47

Names sometimes take a time to register, but oddly I can always remember which film/play an actor has played in when I see them, strange as that is unimportant really.

Gransha22 Sat 14-Apr-18 17:30:36

I find I suffer from some of these memory lapses but am only 66. I wonder whether I need to get checked for dementia. It does run in family and I am really scared it is happening yes me.

ginny Sat 14-Apr-18 18:45:25

I do all these things. I can also be half way through a conversation and forget what I was about to say. I’ll worry about it when I don’t know I’m doing it. 😄

JackieBee1 Mon 16-Apr-18 08:35:32

Remember: dementia is not forgetting where you've put the keys, but forgetting what they're for. x

MawBroon Mon 16-Apr-18 08:42:21

On the one hand I do that old people’s thing of shouting at the TV
But on the other, it is often enough a right answer on University Challenge or Only Connect ahead of the contestants .

Lovetopaint037 Sun 22-Apr-18 09:05:14

Pollyperkins I do the same thing. I substitute an unrelated word and have to correct it. I also find recalling names etc really difficult. As for game shows like Pointless it takes me so long to figure the answer that I would be useless on it. I’m alright when the possible answers are put up. If only I had the brain I had twenty years ago or more.

grannyactivist Sun 22-Apr-18 14:26:53

I'm not quite 65 and I do the word substitution thing quite often then correct myself - or I think I do, but sometimes The Wonderful Man gives me a strange look and then I have to ask if I've said something odd, and I have! I forget not only names, but faces and facts. Yesterday I met the local MP and we had an exchange of words, which I repeated to TWM shortly after; later in the evening I had to ask him what I'd said to the MP because I couldn't remember.

Bridgeit Sun 22-Apr-18 14:37:04

I was just about to post on here, scrolled down a bit only to find I had ousted a comment on Friday, 🤭now I’m really worried!

Grammaretto Sun 22-Apr-18 15:06:15

I think we all sound pretty normal. As we age, apart from our memories slowing down, in order to reach that vital piece of information, the wheels of the old brain have to manoeuvre through so much clutter.
I often remember the name the next day or when it's too late. Google is very useful for actors in films .
When we were teenagers and watching a drama on TV with our mum, she would spend the whole time saying "now what was she in before??" "you remember don't you" and "who is she?", spoiling the programme for us who were desperate for quiet to concentrate on the plot.
Now that people no longer watch TV much as a family I suppose this problem no longer exists.