Age-associated memory impairment is a label for the general degradation of memory which results from ageing. It is a natural process, seen in many animals as well as humans, which often begins in our 20 and tends to get noticeably worse as we reach our 50s. While some specific abilities do decline with age, though, overall memory generally remains strong for most people through their 70s.
Recent research has identified a transitional state between the cognitive changes of normal ageing and Alzheimer's disease, known as mild cognitive impairment, where some memory loss occurs, but is not so severe that it interferes with normal daily functioning.
Age related memory deficits are usually characterized by a deterioration of the ability to form new long term memories; therefore individuals with any of these conditions may potentially benefit from treatments which enhance memory consolidation, i.e. the conversion of information from short term to long term memory.
Age-Associated Memory Impairment
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