A New Study: Old People Do Not Forget the Conversations but the Addressee

A recently released study has revealed that senior adults experiencing conventional types of memory loss would not only find it difficult to remember place and people, but also the words they said. The new study explained that this condition, called ‘destination amnesia’, is the reason behind the tendency of a majority of seniors to repeat what they have said earlier to the same person. Therefore, it’s not because they forgot what they have already told the other person but because they cannot remember whether he was the same person with whom they have shared the information earlier.

The study dealt with the causes behind the destination amnesia stating that old people suffer from a decreased ability to concentrate as they advance in age, thus failing to keep track of the context of each conversation they make.

The research was conducted by scientists at the Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute and was published online on the Online First Section of Psychology and Ageing and would be on a printed version soon.

The lead researcher, Dr. Nigel Gopie, explained, "Destination amnesia is characterized by falsely believing you've told someone something, such as believing you've told your daughter about needing a ride to an appointment, when you actually had told a neighbor".