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How Much Memory Loss Is Normal? Misplacing keys or forgetting who was in that movie you just saw doesn't necessarily mean you need a one-way ticket to the Alzheimer's ward, but it could be more than 'just aging,' Jane Brody at the New York Times writes. Mild cognitive impairment comes from "subtle deficits in cognitive function" and results in things like difficulty finding words, remembering names, or following one's train of thought. According to Mayo Clinic neurologist Ronald C. Petersen, mild cognitive impairment has been found in 10- to 20 percent of people 65+ and, while not always a precursor to more severe brain diseases, it often is.
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