In a study published in the journal Menopause, women aged 45-55 years performed better on all memory measures, despite experiencing a decline around the menopause. As women reach menopause, they also struggle with forgetfulness and brain fog, and for some, this memory depletion continues after menopause. The authors conclude that women’s memories are better than men in early midlife, and when women’s memories start to decline, this is due to reproductive status rather than age.
- Nevertheless, women with healthy aging brains continue to have an edge over their male counterparts when it comes to memory function, even in midlife and older age.
- Indeed, some studies suggest that, even from childhood, women outperform men in memory tasks. This is especially true of verbal memory.
- Research has suggested that verbal and associative aspects of memory are more likely to be impaired than nonverbal function as people get older.
“Research has suggested that verbal and associative aspects of memory are more likely to be impaired than nonverbal function as people get older.”