Which memory functions remain stable with increasing age?

Updated: Apr 22, 2019
  • Author: Sonal Mehta, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Of the normal memory functions, some decline substantially with increasing age, and some do not. Memory functions that remain relatively stable with increasing age include the following:

  • Semantic memory - Facts and general knowledge about the world; although this function generally remains stable with age, especially if the information is used frequently, [11] retrieval of highly specific information (eg, names) typically declines

  • Procedural memory – Acquisition and later performance of cognitive and motor skills [11]


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