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Can't keep track of dates? Forgot where you left the remote? Take this quiz to see if you know what causes memory issues.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

At what age can memory loss start?

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The correct answer is: Many of us may think memory loss comes along with our AARP membership cards, but the decline actually starts much earlier--in your mid-20s. It's not uncommon to see effects in your 30s and many more in your 40s.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Genes control what our memory will be like.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The truth is that even if your genes have decided to give you a life of serious forgetfulness, you do have the ability to control those genes so your mind is strong, your brain functions at full power and you remember everything from the crucial details of your life to whether or not you turned off the oven -- even when your birthday candles reach triple digits.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these vitamin deficiencies affect memory the most?

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The correct answer is: A B12 deficiency can cause memory problems. But a thorough evaluation by a neurologist, combined with a physical exam, is essential in looking for different patterns of memory loss.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What could bring on "senior moments" in your 30s?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stress can keep you from paying attention; lack of exercise deprives brain of a key restorative activity; and little sleep means it's tough to consolidate memories.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which feeling can shrink your brain?

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The correct answer is: Quick temper? Instead of yelling, take a few minutes to cool down. The stress of chronic anger can actually shrink the memory centers in the brain. Get to know your anger warning signs and address the problem before it erupts.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Being dehydrated affects your memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Your brain is about 80 percent water, so keep it tanked up with water. Dehydration increases the brain's stress levels and affects thinking.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Scientists have determined where lost memories go.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Not even scientists know exactly how memories are formed, how we retrieve them or how they fade away.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to remember people's names?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Using repetition during a conversation with the person, tying their name to the place where you met them or rhyming their name with a color or something else can help you remember their name.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: A multivitamin can boost memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. There are many products on the market that claim to boost your memory recall, but a simple daily multivitamin might help do the trick. Regular exercise and a healthy diet help, too.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is "MyChart"?

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The correct answer is: Forgot your last test results, what shots you've had recently or those questions you wanted to ask? Some doctors' offices and hospitals have "MyChart," or a similar computer software, which allows you to access your medical records, schedule appointments and email questions for your doctor.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What kind of sleep is important for good memory?

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The correct answer is: REM sleep seems to have the greatest effect on memory building. Sleep plays a significant role in the function of long-term memory consolidation (the process of taking information gathered throughout the day and organizing it into coherent thoughts).

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating honey can boost memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Postmenopausal women may experience short-term memory loss associated with a decrease in hormones. A certain kind of Malaysian honey has been linked to improved short-term memory in postmenopausal women.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is gingko biloba?

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The correct answer is: Ginkgo biloba is an herb that comes from the Chinese ginkgo tree. It is reputed to have antioxidant properties and is best known for its supposed enhancement of mental clarity.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Remembering an X or Y can help you remember phone numbers.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Look at the pattern you create when you dial. Does it remind you of an X? Or an H? It's often easier to remember a pattern along with a number.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How much can doing a crossword four times a week lower your risk of forgetfulness?

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The correct answer is: You may be able to build up a cognitive reserve to delay the onset of major memory loss. One study revealed that participants that worked a crossword four times a week had a 47 percent lower risk of dementia than those working the puzzle once a week.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise can help your memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Performing physical activities helps improve long-term memory and brain function. Memory and all cognitive functions depend on the health of the arteries.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What kind of physical activity can improve long term memory and brain function?

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The correct answer is: Performing physical activities such as general physical activity, stretching, flexibility and stamina building can help to improve long-term memory and brain function.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What food is memory-boosting folic acid found in?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Feed your brain and you'll feed your memory -- folic acid is essential for the metabolism of long-chain fatty acids in the brain, which improves function and growth.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking coffee can boost memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. By keeping you alert, caffeine helps you assimilate knowledge and deposit it in your memory bank efficiently, improving the chance that you'll recall it correctly.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Doing the salsa can ward off memory loss.

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The correct answer is: A 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that frequent dancing helped protect seniors against dementia. Dancing that involves making many quick decisions challenges the mind and can lead to an increase in mental acuity.

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