When should I be worried about my forgetfulness?

Andrew in New Jersey, 73

Forgetfulness comes in varying degrees.  Sometimes it happens when you stand in front of the refrigerator and forget why you’re there.  Or, you might step into a room and wonder what you were going to do.  Don’t be too worried about that.

But forgetfulness does become a real problem if it is consistent and recurring.  This is when it should be brought to the attention of your primary care physician so you can determine the seriousness of the problem.  Forgetfulness usually affects short term memory, like what you had for breakfast today or the movie you saw last night or the phone call you had a few days ago.  Long term memory has been repeated so often that it usually stays intact.  The sooner this problem is addressed, the better.

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