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Poor Memory for Names AND Faces: Please Re-introduce Yourself

Declining memory is a function of middle age, but one of the features of my odd mix of health problems is what feels to me to be a severe decline in memory.

I have always been bad with both names and faces, and now it is worse than ever. I’ll never forget, though, the time I was walking around the block and saw a neighbor I hadn’t seen for maybe a year. I didn’t recognize her. I greeted her as if she was new in the neighborhood. She lived next door.

Talk about a faux pas. Sorry, Karen!

The problem is health-related. The impact is social. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen but not recognized people who think I should remember them.

So if you see me at the post office or around town, and I act like I don’t know you (e.g. I don’t look at you or just give you a short shy smile), please re-introduce yourself.

You might make my day.

Thanks.

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