Memory and Aging Quiz
1.† How much of our memory loss is due to aging?
10-20%. Memory loss and confusion are NOT a normal sign of aging.
Most people tend to choose the higher numbers. But 80% of memory loss is not due to old age. For years, doctors thought that memory problems were an inevitable part of growing older. Not true! Actually, age only accounts for 10-20% of the change in our memory. Some kinds of memory donít change with age, some kinds do.† Other factors such as IQ and education also influence memory. The more you exercise your brain, the better your memory will be.
2.† What percentage
(%) of people over 65 in
7%. Most older people do NOT suffer from severe memory impairment. 93% of memory loss is NOT due to Alzheimerís Disease. Some kinds of memory decline with increasing age, but severe memory impairment is not a normal part of aging. Only about 7% of the population over the age of 65 have dementia or severe memory problems, such as Alzheimerís Disease. This jumps to 35% of people over 85 years of age, but it certainly does not affect most older people.