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Suggest treatment for nominal aphasia in an elderly person

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Dr. Geeta Sundar

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1975

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Posted on Wed, 8 Mar 2017 in Elderly Problems
Question: In the past few months have had 3 occasions the I knew person's face but used wrong information about the person. The last time was at a large family reunion. I had talk with l nephew and called him by his full name. A short time later my grandson can in and I called him my nephew's name. I knew it was wrong as soon as it came out of my mouth. Is this something that I need to be concerned about?
Answered by Dr. Geeta Sundar 20 minutes later
Brief Answer:
This is called Nominal aphasia and is common at our age.

Detailed Answer:
Hi welcome to Health care magic,

This is called Nominal aphasia and is common at our age. I am 64 so I can relate to you.

I forget names of patients if I see them after a long time, but never their illnesses.

It is because we continue to loose neurons in the brain as we age.
The trick is in writing the names down and practicing to avoid embarrassment.

Glutamic acid supplements do help.

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