Middle-aged brain learns slower, but better, than a younger brain

February 19, 2011
It’s the era, starting in your 40s and 50s, of lost keys. It’s when the once-photographic memory turns into an old scrapbook with blank spaces where the perfectly apt word, or co-worker’s surname, used to be. Nouns, doctors say, are the first to go. Names of things you know you know, but just can’t access. 

But is this a temporary glitch in your short-term memory or something truly scary, like Alzheimer's? 

The question increasingly drives the worried well into doctors’ offices to find out. 

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