Older individuals’ lapses in memory, which are popularly referred to as “senior moments,” are usually temporary in nature. When people later remember things that they initially forgot, their inability to recollect is likely to be less of a concern. On the other hand, when people do not remember that they have forgotten things, it raises the suspicion that there may be something more serious than age-related memory changes at work. Other symptoms that may also elevate concern include repetitive questioning in a short period of time, getting lost on familiar routes, and memory losses that affect daily function. To investigate concerns over memory loss, a physician may be called upon to perform short cognitive screening tests.
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