A study found that the average person forgets three things a day!
We’ve all been there: You walk into a room and can’t remember what you came for. Or perhaps you find yourself stumped trying to come up with the name of a friend you saw just last week. And who can count how many times you’ve arrived home from the store only to realize you missed the one item you needed most? Often it’s not just the frustration of forgetting that bothers you; it’s that nagging feeling that your brain isn’t working quite the way it should.
If you’re getting older (who isn’t?) or have watched a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, every lapse in recall might make you fear for the health of your mind. In reality, memory is a complex system that sometimes makes mistakes. “There are many reasons why somebody could have a disturbance in their memory and that does not mean they have Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Jane Rylett, professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a lead for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. Here are a few of the most common brain-blanking scenarios, with a behind-the-scenes explanation of why it’s happening and what you can do to prevent it.