Age-Related Memory Loss

Elderly mother and granddaughter working on a puzzle

March 2018 Article by Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson and Robert Segal, M.A.

We’ve all misplaced keys, blanked on an acquaintance’s name, or forgotten a phone number. When we’re young, we don’t tend to pay much mind to these lapses, but as we grow older, sometimes we worry about what they mean. While it’s true that certain brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems are not one of them.

That’s why it’s important to know the difference between normal age-related forgetfulness and the symptoms that may indicate a developing cognitive problem.

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