Many people worry about becoming forgetful as they age, thinking that it might be the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, however, some forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging.
Each of us sometimes forgets where we left our car keys, a phone, or a wallet. However, if we retrace what we did before, we usually manage to recall where the lost item is. These occasional memory lapses happen to everyone and should not be alarming. Many things and situations affect whether and how we remember things. When we are busy performing other activities or thinking intensely about something, a lot of information reaches our brain that does not leave a trace and cannot be retrieved afterward. Besides, low mood or even depression can cause difficulties in concentration and a lot of information reaching us is not “recorded”, so it is impossible to recollect it later. While aging, our mind starts to work a bit slower, and it is quite normal that we need more time to understand and remember all pieces of information we receive and so most often we no longer enjoy as good a memory as we did at a younger age.
Deterioration of memory abilities naturally accompanies aging. However, as memory problems begin to emerge more frequently, become more severe, or interfere with your daily activities more and more, you should take them seriously. Time plays a crucial role – early recognition of the causes of memory impairment and appropriate treatment, applied in time, may protect against unpleasant consequences. That is why it is vitally important to check your memory with the first symptoms of deterioration.
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