Old people are forgetful

Why is it harder and harder for people to remember things as they get older? Is it because their brain is full?

Not so, according to neuroscientists the real trouble is that our aging brains are unable to process this information as “new” because the brain pathways leading to the hippocampus — the area of the brain that stores memories — become degraded over time. As a result, our brains cannot accurately “file” new information (like where we left the car that particular morning), and confusion results.

In other words, when faced with an experience similar to what it has encountered before, such as parking the car, our brain tends to recall old information it already has stored instead of filing new information and being able to retrieve that. The result? You can’t find your car immediately and find yourself wandering the parking lot.

Maybe this is also why we tend to reminisce so much more as we get older: because it is easier to recall old memories than make new ones. Learn more here.

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