Local seniors weigh in on memory loss as special counsel’s report raises questions about Biden

Department of Justice Special counsel Robert K. Hur’s report on President Joe Biden’s memory questions his competency and age. It paints a picture of an 81-year-old president with “significantly limited” memory and “limited precision and recall.”

President Biden criticized the report saying, “My memory is fine.” The White House called it political.

Meantime, we wanted to hear from regular folks about the topic of memory loss. News4JAX reporter, Jim Piggott, went to the Mary Singleton Center, to talk to people.

First, Jim spoke to Daisy. “Yes memory loss is normal in older people. When you get into the 70s and 80s though, it’s kinda rough.”

Many people at the senior center agreed with Daisy.

Robert LaTourette is 75-years-old. When we asked Robert about people who have a problem with memory and mental fitness, he said, “Well, they can get help. And if they can find the medical coverage to get the help, they’re doing good, right? But if they don’t get the medical coverage, they’re not going to get the help. And some of them don’t want no help.”

Essi Bush said, “As we age, we tend to forget things.” When it comes to concerns over memory. She said, “We can hold that against the individual.”

Dareece Singleton believes age is a factor in memory. “Because if you’re having issues with your memory at that age, it might be hard for you to make decisions, good decisions. Particularly for the President, because you are in control of the country.”

On its webpage, the National Institute of Aging says: Forgetting things from time to time is a normal part of aging, but difficulty doing everyday tasks can be a sign of a more serious memory problem.

The National Institute of Aging has resources to help you determine if you’re experiencing age-related forgetfulness or signs of dementia.

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