Normal Versus Age-Related Forgetfulness

It’s perfectly normal to forget things sometimes. You can read through the following list of forgetfulness that most people experience. Forgetting situations or facts relating to situations is normal.

Even if that forgetfulness happened right after you got the information. This is why some students can learn something new in class and the next day, can’t remember certain details about what they were taught.

Your brain is not like a computer. You can’t give it detail after detail and expect it to store it all. Your brain does clear memories especially if it thinks those memories aren’t crucial.

Being absentminded is also something that’s not a reason to worry. Everyone also experiences this kind of forgetfulness. Your brain carries a lot of information and it will prioritize whatever you make a point of making important to remember. So if you don’t really pay attention to something, your brain doesn’t absorb that information.

For example, when you to the doctor, you might get an appointment card for the time of your next visit three months down the road. If you lose the card, you probably won’t remember when you’re supposed to be at that doctor’s office.

That’s because your brain knew it didn’t have to hold on to that information. You didn’t make it a point of importance to your brain because you were relying on the fact that you had the card.

Blanking is another type of normal forgetfulness. This is when the information is on the cusp of your memory, but you can’t seem to get to it. This happens a lot when you have other memories that are almost identical to the one that you’re trying to grasp.

You might experience this when you’re trying to remember someone’s name or recall who said what during a prior conversation. When your mind blanks while you’re trying to remember something, this is no cause for alarm and it’s not a long-term problem. Most people usually end up remembering exactly what they were looking for.

Getting the details wrong is another form of forgetfulness that’s normal. This is why someone can be telling a story and say, “We were over on Main Street” only to be interrupted by a friend or loved one and be corrected about the street name.

It’s why two people can be in the same situation or take part in the same event and when both people recall these memories later, they’ll both have a different account and both will believe that they’re correct.

Warning signs that forgetfulness may be related to aging are varied. The person can’t seem to remember familiar places, people or items. They get lost easily in their own area such as in their neighborhood.

They drive off to run an errand and can’t recall how to get back to their home. Or they can’t remember how to drive to a business they’ve always been able to drive to before.

Age-related forgetfulness can also manifest itself in forgetting to pay bills when the person has always been so careful before. Watch for changes in an older person’s mood.

If they were always even tempered before, but suddenly develop a raging temper, then that can be a sign of age-related forgetfulness. If someone can’t seem to follow simple directions or exhibits poor judgment-making skills, this can be a sign that something’s not right with his or her memory.

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