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Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
May 22, 2012

This seems, on the face of it, to be characteristic of what is called 'age-related memory loss,' or 'benign senescent forgetfulness.' An annoying disorder, this need not indicate that anything more serious is going on, although clearly this is not an optimal condition. I would strongly reccomend, however, that you go see a neurologist in your city who has experience with age-related memory loss, including cases that verge into dementia. It is impossible to diagnose your problem based only on the information you have provided. But a neurologist who examines you in detail will be able to help you sort things out.

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