Stephen: Experts say “senior moments” occurred more frequently during pandemic

Published on April 12th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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If you’ve been experiencing some ‘senior moments’ during the pandemic you’re not the only one. Neuroscientist Dr. Sara Mednick tells the Wall Street Journal, “Our brains are like computers with so many tabs open right now. This slows down our processing power, and memory is one of the areas that falters.” Memory experts say that ‘senior moments,’ or fleeting bursts of forgetfulness, are becoming more commonplace. The Wall Street Journal notes that it’s a time of great transition as many return to work and settle into new routines, plus you add in the uncertainty of the war in Ukraine, and it’s not a surprise that our brains are on cognitive overdrive.

Dr. Grant Shields, who has done research on this topic, says stress plays a big role, and that research shows that people who experience “recent life stressors” have memory issues. He adds that chronic stress can damage the brain, resulting in memory issues. Experts also say the monotony created by the pandemic in our day to day lives also doesn’t help our memory, as “memory benefits from novelty.” If you are concerned about your memory, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor—especially if other people notice it as well.

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