Memory and the Aging Brain

By Sue Ann Highland, PhDc   As we age, we often experience forgetfulness. In fact, researchers have identified several types of normal memory loss. I will focus on three types: • Transience: This is the tendency to forget things over time, particularly information that you don’t use often. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it allows the brain to more easily remember newer or more relevant memories and information. • Absentmindedness: This is often caused by not paying close enough attention to something in the first place. When something hasn’t been firmly planted in your memory to begin...

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