Getting older, in and of itself, is not the cause of so-called “senior moments”. A new study found that even these mild memory lapses are caused by the same brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
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Researchers found that in the last four to five years of life, people’s memory showed a very rapid decline. Pathologic lesions were found to be related to this rapid decline. The preceding years showed a much more gradual decline that was the actual result of normal aging.
According to Newswise:
“… [R]ecognizing that the earliest changes in memory are related to Alzheimer’s pathology can lead to early diagnosis and will be critical information if a treatment is developed that can alter the pathologic course of the disease.”
- Mild memory loss is not a part of normal aging (physorg.com)
- Mild Memory Loss Is Not a Part of Normal Aging (tricitypsychology.com)
- Mild Memory Loss Is Not a Part of Normal Aging, New Research Finds (sciencemagnews.com)
- Mild memory loss is not a part of normal aging (eurekalert.org)
- Mild memory loss is not a part of normal aging, new research finds (sciencedaily.com)
- Why Older People Are Forgetful (webmd.com)
- Memory Loss May Be More Common in Men (webmd.com)
- Adult Memory Lapses May Not Be Due to ‘Old Age’ (nlm.nih.gov)
- The New Old Age: Plotting the Course of Alzheimer’s (newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com)