Next Avenue: Forgot why you walked into the room? Here’s why that happens and when you should worry.

by | Aug 24, 2023 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from What did I come in here for? I ask myself after ambling from my kitchen past my daughter’s old bedroom. I don’t live in a sprawling house but rather a never-large-enough city apartment. Sometimes I forget my mission even on shorter distances: from desk chair to printer or switching onto Safari to search the internet. What did I need again?

Perhaps it’s an unconscious strategy to get my 10,000 steps daily. I achieve half my fitness goal by merely marching up and down a path toward the…closet? nightstand? bathroom? Or…? Momentarily, my brain can’t conjure up the phrase “linen closet.” “It’s the nouns,” claims my friend, a longtime college professor. If only I could speed up recall, the way my computer tech accelerates my sluggish Mac. Words arrive in an ”Aha!” moment, albeit 24 hours later. I’ll be on a walk with my husband and interrupt what he’s saying to burst out a non sequitur: “Omnichannel! It’s a combination of traditional retailing and e-commerce!” “What?” He gazes at me as if I’ve lost my mind. I have the same fears. Plus: 4 simple rules for a happier retirementNormal part of aging Our thinking abilities appear to peak around age 30 and then subtly decline with age, according to UCSF Weill Institute for Neuroscience …

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