A common presentation in general practice is worry about losing one’s memory- in fact, it's one of the most frightening concerns for older people. A general practitioner can undertake a basic assessment to assess r memory, and help to clarify if someone has the normal memory loss of ageing or something more sinister. They can also assess if perhaps there is some underlying physical cause which is contributing to a loss of memory. For example, sometimes in older people, infections, medications or even depression can cause memory problems. And of course, your GP can help people access specialist services if there is some more serious cause of memory loss such as one of the dementias.
By Stephen MacFarlane and Daniel O’Connor
The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. Such is its complexity, that even the number of brain cells (neurons) within it remains in dispute...