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Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 2 December 2004
memory

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Memory

About 700,000 people in Britain suffer from dementia. When you forget what it was you were looking for, or where you parked the car, it's easy to imagine that you're one of them. 

This week on the health phone-in programme, Check Up's  Barbara Myers and guest Roy Jones of RICE (Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly) will be discussing memory. 

MCI
A degree of memory loss is part of the ageing process but when does forgetfulness become a medical condition? Many people suffer from mild cognitive impairment or MCI: it's not as bad as Alzheimer's but it is worse than natural memory loss due to age. 

Coping strategies
If you do suffer from memory loss what's the best way of coping? Does eating sardines really help prevent Alzheimers? Does memory respond to exercise such as doing the crossword, re-learning songs or simply reminiscing? Could technology help? Making a video recording of their day helps some people with poor memories stay in control.

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Check Up  is your opportunity to ask an expert about memory loss.  Contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing the programme - see 'Contact Check Up' link above.

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