How many times have you asked yourself that question before leaving the house, or worse, when returning home? How many times a day do those of you in your 30s or 40s forget what you were going to say, or find yourself grasping for a word you know but can't quite pluck off the tip of your tongue?
Martha Weinman Lear ponders these and other troubling memory issues in her new book Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss (Wellness Central, 245 pages, $22.99).
Baby boomers — many of whom are caring for parents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia — are especially worried about their forgetfulness. Lear's research brings on some good news: It's all very normal and there are ways to combat it. Here's a few examples of normal memory loss and worrisome behavior:
Normal: You often misplace things. Worrisome: You constantly misplace things and may blame other people.
Normal: You forget what the social plans are and ask, "What did you say we are doing tonight?" Worrisome: A half-hour later, you ask again.
Normal: Occasionally you forget where you parked the car. Worrisome: You often forget where you parked the car and sometimes forget a familiar route.
Lear's research included talking to doctors, scientists, psychologists and plain ordinary folks like you and me, and she writes in plain English and with plenty of humor. Anyone worried about their "senior moments" will feel better after reading even one chapter.