Telltale Signals: When to Start Fretting About Forgetfulness

You forget where you put your keys, often misplace your glasses and certainly can't remember names as well as you used to. At bedtime, you stare haplessly into the bathroom mirror, wondering whether you've already brushed your teeth. Once you showed up for a dinner date at the wrong restaurant. What's happening? Should you regard these lapses as a sign of more serious memory problems, maybe even Alzheimer's?

Forget it. Mental slips like these are a normal part of mid-life. Even teenagers, capable of reeling off entire CDs of rock lyrics, occasionally blank out--though one might be suspicious of instances involving...

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