Don’t deny it. You have experienced it. That helpless feeling of not remembering what you entered a room for, where you left your keys, what that person’s name is or what you were supposed to do on the way home. Senior moments are defined as the forgetfulness found in people who are old. Isn’t that kind of stereotypic? When I think back, I have forgotten things my entire life, but maybe it’s a bit more often now. It’s not uncommon; most of us have had these senior moments, or temporary memory loss. Theories as to why this occurs range from clutter in our brains–too much going on and priorities get shifted, to organic diseases such as dementia.
We need to be cautious and not jump to the conclusions of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Dementia is a group of disorders which involve memory loss, difficulty making decisions, problems with communication and speech, and even difficulty controlling emotions. Alzheimer’s falls under the heading of dementia and is associated with memory loss which worsens over time. These are fairly uncommon at 65 but some estimates say 30% of the population have some sort of dementia at 85. So if forgetfulness is compounded with difficulty completing mundane tasks, changes in personality, moodiness or bouts of anger, get it checked out by a Neurologist which specializes in aging.
I personally like to go with the cluttered brain theory, 60 years of input has added up. Thousands of pages of reading material, countless numbers of names and faces, and a lifetime of experiences all add up to a cranium full of mixed nuts. Although your brain is a highly efficient storage device sometimes the retrieval system can be slowed. So shake it off, don’t stress over it and remain positive because you know you will remember what it was just when you don’t need it.