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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016
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Coping With Memory Loss
Everyone has mild memory lapses from time to time. You can’t find your car keys one day or your reading glasses the next.
Lapses such as these are usually just signs of a normal brain that’s constantly prioritizing, sorting, storing, and retrieving all types of information. But how do you know when memory loss is abnormal – and should be evaluated by a health care professional?
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