Everyone forgets things from time to time — even the young and healthy. As we age, forgetfulness can become more prevalent, but it may not be a sign of a significant underlying health problem, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
In fact, there are a number of memory problems that are completely normal and not reflective of serious mental health issues. These problems can affect people in their teens, twenties, thirties, and beyond. And, unless they’re a part of daily life, they shouldn’t raise any eyebrows among those afflicted or their physician. In order to help calm those who might be worried about certain memory issues, let’s explore some of these normal memory problems.
Everyone has episodes of absentmindedness. Some people forget to put away their dishes or cutlery after eating a meal. Others might regularly forget where they set down their pen. And while these little episodes of absentmindedness can be frustrating — for the afflicted as well as those close to them — they are not necessarily a sign of an underlying and significant memory problem.
Absentmindedness should only raise alarms if it begins to make getting through the typical day visibly difficult — for example, if one begins forgetting to carry out important routine tasks, such as taking prescribed medicine or remembering where they parked their vehicle.