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Memory, Forgetfulness and Aging

Memory, Forgetfulness and Aging

Recently I came across an article published by National Institute On Aging about Memory, Forgetfulness and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not? Looked very interesting about the connection. For that matter, I also happens to forget certain things of late. Thought this article will be useful for many.

Many, in their old age worry about their memory and forgetting things even if they have been told many times. The most common that I have observed in people like this is the ability to remember names of persons or places. They will be remembering the face of the person but find it difficult to recall the name. They may take a longer time than before, to learn new things. Experts say that these changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness – mostly a normal part of aging. It is not as such a serious issue. Some of us forget some things purposefully.

The ability to forget bad things is a gift from God. Otherwise our life would have been miserable. Bad memories will haunt you and drive you crazy. Hence, it is ok to forget bad incidents in life.

Normal Age-related Forgetfulness and Memory Problem

If you happen to forget something once in a while as you age, it is normal but if you have problems doing everyday activities then it could be a Memory problem. For example, activities like driving, using your phone and finding way back home etc. can be due to some Memory problems. Thank god, I only has the mild forgetfulness.

The article by NIA explains about Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Dementia and Aging, when to consult a doctor for memory loss and many more.

Short-Term Memory Loss

Some people show short-term memory loss. He or she can remember incidents from 20-30 years ago but find it difficult about things that happened few minutes prior. This is Short-Term Memory Loss. There are a number of causes of short-term memory loss. Some of them are a result of medical conditions and others that are related to injuries or other outside influences.

Please read the complete article by NIA here

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is only for public awareness. Please consult your doctor wherever applicable and get an expert opinion and advice.

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Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


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