Common causes of memory slips, from the February 2013 Harvard Men's Health Watch

Worried that you're getting more forgetful lately? Chill out, because the stress can contribute to memory slips. In fact, stress is one of the four horsemen of forgetfulness in aging brains, along with anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation, reports the February 2013 Harvard Men's Health Watch. When memory seems to slip, many older people wonder if they are sliding into Alzheimer's disease. Most of the time, the cause of that forgetfulness is something more common and easily remedied. Disturbances in mood and sleep are among the most common causes of memory problems in adults. Stress and anxiety make it harder to concentrate and lock in new information. Depression can hobble memory, as can alcohol consumption. Some medications can interfere with memory, as can some medical conditions.
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