Britney Spears: Is 36 Too Young For Senior Moments?

Star has no clue where she is, how song goes

| Fox News – Britney Spears had a nightmare on stage at Brighton Pride when she forgot where she was – and had to ask a backup dancer.

The 36-year-old pop princess fronted the celebrations at the seaside town’s Preston Park yesterday after leaving the U.S. to embark on her U.K. tour.

But midway through her performance she turned to a dancer and said: “Where are we?”

They replied: “Brighton Pride,” and Brit shouted to the crowds: “What’s up Brighton Pride!”

Her senior moment went viral on Twitter though many fans didn’t seem to mind, and instead rushed to defend the “Toxic” singer.

One wrote on Twitter: “it’s hard for americans… they think the whole island is london.”

Another one person claimed she forgot the words to one of her hits too, writing: “The moment Britney Spears stepped on stage at Brighton Pride … Forgot the opening line to her song.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun. Read the full story at Fox News. 

Anatomy of a Brain Freeze

Momentary memory lapses are common, and they are not confined to older folks. But should you be concerned?

AARP – I’ve always had a noun problem. Especially proper nouns.

When I was in my 30s, my husband used to tease me. “That actress, in that movie, about that thing?” he’d say.

Or sometimes: “You know, that thing about that thing?” His imitations were spot-on but didn’t faze me.

We’d laugh off these momentary memory lapses as another idiosyncrasy he found endearing — like tilting my head when someone takes my picture.

Fast-forward nearly three decades.

These days, my inability to summon the name of a celebrity or even the woman I see every week in yoga class isn’t funny — it’s embarrassing, especially if the person whose name I’m forgetting is walking toward me.

I also freak out and worry that age is turning my brain to cheesecloth.

Call these what you want: a brain freeze, a mind blip or that ageist and insulting standby, “a senior moment.”

Whatever term you use, these little lapses become more alarming the older we get.

“Tip-of-the tongue experiences — when you can’t retrieve a word or name you know — are older adults’ number-one memory complaint,” says Deborah Burke, professor of linguistics and cognitive science at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

But no need to panic: These memory glitches can crop up as early as in our 20s — I can attest to that — though their frequency undeniably increases as the years pass and, as Burke somewhat bluntly puts it, “we lose gray matter.”

Occasional forgetfulness is ordinary and expected, says Ronald Petersen, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. What it is not, he insists, is a sign of incipient Alzheimer’s.

To understand what is happening when we forget a person’s name, for example, it’s useful to look at what happens when we do remember … read more at AARP. 


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