Researchers at the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in Rochester, Minn., have found that men are more likely than women to suffer momentary memory lapses as they age. While many seniors face some memory loss related to aging, men experience a slightly higher incidence of problems related to memory.

In a study of seniors aged 70 to 89, researchers found that 19 percent of men experienced mild cognitive impairment versus 14 percent of women. Mild cognitive impairment consists of problems with memory that do not interfere with activities. Patients generally recognize that they are forgetful and do not experience symptoms severe enough to be defined as dementia.

Researcher Ronald Peterson noted that the findings are especially interesting given that Alzheimer’s disease affects more women than men.