People can become forgetful and have so-called “senior moments” at any age. You can’t find your car keys, or walk into a room and forget the reason that you came, or someone’s name slips your mind. It happens.
While we associate memory loss with aging, we shouldn’t. The Harvard Medical School says, “Aging alone is generally not a cause of cognitive decline. When significant memory loss occurs among older people, it is generally not due to aging but to organic disorders, brain injury, or neurological illness.”
The “brain continues to develop neurons and build new connections to strengthen memory as you age, a phenomenon called neuroplasticity,” says Brianne Bettcher, a neuropsychology fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Memory and Aging Center. “So it’s never too late to improve your powers of recall.” Medical experts agree that people can improve their memory and mental acuity at any age. Here’s what they recommend.
While mild forgetfulness can be a normal part of life and is not necessarily a product of aging, more persistent memory loss, or forgetfulness that grows worse over time, can be a sign of a more serious condition.