My menopause 'brain fog' memory loss, by Anna Richardson

My menopause ‘brain fog’ memory loss, by Changing Rooms star Anna Richardson

  • The Changing Rooms star said menopause lapses caused her to reshoot scenes 
  • The TV host will appear on Channel 4, Can I Improve My Memory? this Thursday 
  • Research is currently under way into links between menopause and dementia 

 TV presenter Anna Richardson has revealed how her struggles with the menopause’s ‘brain fog’ have hit her confidence as a working woman.

The Changing Rooms star, who recently split from her long-term partner Sue Perkins, said her menopausal memory lapses have even forced her to repeatedly reshoot scenes while filming – a rarity when she was younger.

Ms Richardson, 50, said: ‘Being middle-aged, a middle-aged professional and being a middle-aged woman in particular, and going through the menopause, I just noticed that my mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be and that I wasn’t able to retain as much information.

The Changing Rooms star, who recently split from her long-term partner Sue Perkins, said her menopausal memory lapses have even forced her to repeatedly reshoot scenes while filming

‘I started to struggle with being able to articulate myself, being able to remember lists, being able to retain information.

‘I’m a trained journalist. I used to be incredibly fluent and I used to be able to remember a lot. I work in TV. So I was bothered. I was really bothered about the fact that my memory was struggling.’

The TV host, whose father suffers from dementia, admitted her previously reliable memory for names began to let her down when she started to go through the menopause recently.

Ms Richardson, who appears in Channel 4’s Can I Improve My Memory? at 8pm on Thursday, said that her memory lapses mean she must ask colleagues to remind her of her tasks while filming.

‘I pride myself on the fact that I don’t necessarily, in my job, have to repeat things a lot,’ she said. ‘I can usually get things in one or two takes and I really pride myself on being efficient.

‘And suddenly you hit the stage where you go, “I’m really sorry, guys. You’re going to have to remind me again.”

Ms Richardson was said to be ‘devastated’ last month after splitting from former Great British Bake Off host Ms Perkins, 51

‘So you hold people up, you hold yourself up. It becomes embarrassing that you have to apologise and say, “I’m sorry. Can you just tell me that again?” So it really does affect your confidence and your identity for sure.’

Research is under way into links between the menopause and dementia, including whether hormonal changes could be a factor in cognitive decline among women.

It has been recognised for many years that more women than men are affected by Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia.

Ms Richardson was said to be ‘devastated’ last month after splitting from former Great British Bake Off host Ms Perkins, 51, with whom she had been in a relationship since 2014.

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