It is very common for people to experience memory impairments/loss as they age. Not all perceived memory loss is indicative of an individual having an issue with memory. Listed below are seven normal memory problems we all experience.
Forget facts/events over time. Considered beneficial, because it clears the brain of un-used memories, making way for newer ones.
You don’t pay close enough attention to what you are doing to remember it. You forget where you just put your pen because you didn’t focus on where you put it in the first place. You were distracted or thinking of something else.
“On the tip of my tongue.” A lot of time the memory you are recalling is similar to what you are actually trying to remember. Usually you are able to retrieve the blocked memories in a short period of time especially if you stop trying to remember.
Right memory, wrong source. You remember something accurately in part, but misattribute some detail, like the time, place, or person involved. You thought you got the story you are telling about John Smith from watching TV, but you got the information from a friend you had lunch with yesterday.
The weakness of your memory to the power of suggestion. That is why humans don’t make a good witness when describing a crime suspect.
You memory is influenced by mood/experiences. Bias affects memories both at encoding (making the memory) and at retrieval (recalling the memory).
Ruminate over unpleasant events. People who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or depression are examples. Depressed people are given to ruminating over unpleasant events in their lives or mistakes that they believe they have made. This in turn can increase their level of depression which makes them ruminate over unpleasant events even more.