A certain degree of forgetfulness is to be expected as you age, but certain factors could be red flags.

Getting older goes hand in hand with forgetfulness — like not remembering the name of the new restaurant in town or misplacing your glasses. And while it can be frustrating, it isn’t instantly concerning (phew!).

“Some degree of memory loss can be considered normal, especially with age,” Carmen Carrión, a neuropsychologist and an assistant professor of neurology at Yale School of Medicine, told HuffPost via email.

“As people grow older, they may experience mild forgetfulness, such as misplacing keys or having trouble recalling names. These age-related memory changes are typically not a cause for concern,” Carrión added.

In other words, you don’t need to panic if you notice your memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be — that’s just a part of aging. And it isn’t exclusive to people whom society considers “old,” either.

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