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Test Your Memory in Five Minutes

So maybe you keep losing your keys, or the names of old acquaintances seem to escape you. For most people over 50, it's probably not cause for alarm. But if your forgetfulness is becoming more than a nuisance—you struggle with familiar tasks, you're not sure where you are or how you got there, your friends say you're repeating questions—some medical experts say you should get a "memory screen": typically a five-minute test featuring such tasks as memorizing a series of words, manipulating numbers, and spelling words backward. The idea is to test not just your memory, but everything from language skills to overall thinking ability. … Back to Article

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