Everyone experiences forgetfulness from time to time. You might misplace your wallet, forget to call a loved one on their birthday, or have trouble recalling why you walked into a room—all of which can happen if you’re feeling stressed or not getting enough sleep.1
National Institute on Aging. Memory, Forgetfulness, and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not?
But as you get older, your brain also ages, which increases your risk of having lapses in your memory. If changes in memory are starting to affect your quality of life, you might be experiencing an early warning sign of dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term for neurological (brain-related) conditions that affect memory, thinking, judgment, and the ability to carry out daily tasks.2