Okay, this is the kind of story that puts me in a panic:
Senior moments, such as forgetting a recent conversation, may be a sign of the process that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests.
US scientists examined the brains of 134 older people who had appeared mentally sharp, apart from some subtle forgetfulness.
They found more than a third were riddled with the protein clumps associated with Alzheimer’s.
The study is published in the journal Neurology.
Scientists are trying to identify the earliest point in the process that leads to Alzheimer’s, as it is thought that treatment is most likely to be effective if it is given at the earliest possible stage.
Most people had assumed that minor episodes of forgetfulness are nothing to worry about.
The researchers found the brains of people in the study showed levels of deterioration similar to those found in patients with severe Alzheimer’s.
I’m not yet a senior, but I definitely have my moments. It’s just that, sitting here right now, I can’t quite remember how many moments I have, or when my last one took place. I’d check my calendar for that info, if I could remember where I put it.