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Is memory loss normal?

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It's normal to forget a word, misplace your keys, or have trouble remembering directions once in a while. These kinds of memory slips become more common as you get older. Yet sudden and severe memory loss – such as forgetting your children's names or not knowing where you are -- can signal a more serious problem.

From: What Causes Sudden Memory Loss? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AARP: "10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Memory Loss."

American Stroke Association: "Cognitive Challenges After Stroke."

BrightFocus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

Harvard Medical School: "7 common causes of forgetfulness."

Mayo Clinic: "Amnesia Causes." "Memory loss: When to seek help." "Transient global amnesia definition."

National Health Service: "Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)." "Vitamins and minerals -- B vitamins and folic acid."

National Institute on Aging: "Differences between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory loss." "Serious memory problems -- causes and treatments."

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol's Damaging Effects on the Brain."

National Stroke Association: "What is stroke?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

SOURCES:

AARP: "10 Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Memory Loss."

American Stroke Association: "Cognitive Challenges After Stroke."

BrightFocus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

Harvard Medical School: "7 common causes of forgetfulness."

Mayo Clinic: "Amnesia Causes." "Memory loss: When to seek help." "Transient global amnesia definition."

National Health Service: "Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)." "Vitamins and minerals -- B vitamins and folic acid."

National Institute on Aging: "Differences between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory loss." "Serious memory problems -- causes and treatments."

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol's Damaging Effects on the Brain."

National Stroke Association: "What is stroke?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 18, 2016

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