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Thread: How normal is memory loss with aging?

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    A useful article distinguishing Age-Related Memory Loss from dementias:

    https://www.helpguide.org/articles/a...emory-loss.htm


    The article contains several suggestions about diet, exercise and lifestyle choices... and it links to further reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    My mother does not have Alzheimer's per her doctor and my own observations (she remembers new events as well as distant ones) but is losing vocabulary. Some examples: mall ("that place with a lot of stores"), menopause ("you know that thing women your age have"). She uses a lot of synonyms. She is 77.
    OMG my DW is experiencing that and she's about 20 years younger than your mother!

    I haven't experienced that kind of memory loss. I'm not sure why. I "farm out" a lot of my memory to my electronic assistants. Maybe that helps. DD's phone number is on my iPhone Favorites list; I'd never remember it otherwise. Appointments? I don't remember them all, partially because they're not regular enough to think, "Oh, it's Friday; I must be at the food bank this morning." They're on my phone/computer, too (and synced in the cloud in case both of them disappear on me). I am very much a creature of habit in putting things away; I think I could make a meal in the total dark in my kitchen because dishes and ingredients are right where I put them.

    I do occasionally have the issue of really forgetting how to get somewhere I've been scores of times if I've been away from it for a while (like work: OK, I'm on the escalator. Which way do I head when I get off it?). I have to pass something I'm familiar with before I'm sure I'm on the right path. Weird.
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    I never can remember phone numbers of people I don't enjoy talking to.

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    Thank you for the article Dado Potato.

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    I've noticed that my spelling has gotten really horrendous lately and I used to be a pretty good speller (won the 3rd grade spelling bee anyway)! I am always looking up stuff and it usually has to do with using the correct vowel within a word.

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