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Word recall trouble can be a natural part of aging

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 18, 2012 4:43:00 AM

Cognitive issues are typically a part of aging for most older adults, and a new study out of the University of Michigan pinpoints some of the more common memory problems they may face. The results were recently published in the medical journal Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition.

The researchers were examining the "tip of the tongue" phenomenon, which occurs when an individual is unable to recall a certain word or phrase. It's something that many people at all ages experience. However, the study leaders found this problem is particularly commonplace among those over the age of 65.

Just over 100 older adults between the ages of 65 and 92 took part in the study, which involved a survey that inquired about their cognitive issues. They were asked to report any memory problems they experienced within the past 24 hours, and of those who participated, 61 percent said they had experienced the "tip of the tongue" problem recently.

While some memory loss is a natural part of aging, older adults should be vigilant, as cognitive issues can be indicative of the eventual need for dementia care. According to the Alzheimer's Association, other signs of dementia include confusion about time or place, decreased or poor judgement or social withdrawal. 

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