Is it Alzheimer's? Other reasons for forgetfulness

It's normal to forget where we placed our keys once in awhile. Everyone occasionally spaces on their neighbor's name or forgets that last item at the grocery store. We're busy people -- we get distracted!

However, these foggy symptoms may get a little more worrisome as we age. While Alzheimer's is not considered a "normal part" of getting older, many people with the disease are above 65. So sometimes, people are quick to associate forgetfulness with dementia.

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This file photo dated 04 November, 1991 shows US President Ronald Reagan giving a speech at the dedication of the library bearing his name in Simi Valley, California. He was US president from 1981 to 1989 and retreated from public life after it was revealed he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. (Photo by J. David Ake, AFP/Getty Images)
Glenn Campbell performs during The Goodbye Tour at the Ryman Auditorium on January 3, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)
Picture dated 18 May 1991 of US actor Charles Bronson during the 44th Cannes film festival, southern France. Bronson died 30 August 2003 in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. (Photo by Gerard Julien, AFP/Getty Images)
392653 01: Actor Burgess Meredith performs in the television show 'The Twilight Zone.' (Photo Courtesy of Sci Fi Channel/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 31: Actor James Doohan recieves his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame August 31, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

That being said, there are many other reasons you've been forgetful. It could be your daily meds -- even Benadryl can mess with your memory! It could also be depression, exhaustion or anxiety. Sleep, understandably, "negatively impact[s] memory and thinking abilities", said Dr. Drag. If your brain is under a lot of stress, that may have something to do with it.

Your foggy mind may also be a result of alcohol or heart disease. Or, it could just be a sign of aging in general. After all, there's a lot of information up there!

But if you do find yourself lost while driving or forgetting loved ones, it may be time to consult a doctor.

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