Keep Your Memory Sharp

You can prevent memory lapses by staying mentally and physically fit — and by having fun with your friends.

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Here’s something worth remembering: Forgetfulness is a normal part of getting older. So-called senior moments—such as having trouble recalling an acquaintance’s name at a party, misplacing your keys and other small lapses—aren’t necessarily cause for concern. Some people start to recognize changes to their memory as early as their mid-50s. More will notice a change in their 60s. By the time they’re in their 70s, four out of five people report that their memory isn’t as sharp as it was previously, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Study of Aging. Your genes play a role in determining how long you’ll be as sharp as a tack, but adopting a variety of healthy habits can also help you stave off those senior moments.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.