Uh … I Forgot
It is six pm here in Southern California. In spite of the Post-A-Day 2014 badge in the sidebar of my home page, there has been no post today on Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog. No, the problem is not writer’s block … or poster’s block either. I haven’t been working all day on a really interesting post requiring lots of research and I haven’t been engineering the crap out of the new project my company’s working on. Yes, I started the day with a doctor’s appointment (the wrist I hurt in a fall seems to be healing), picked up and installed some new equipment needed because Time-Warner is switching to all digital cable, and solved a problem with my wife’s cell phone. But I didn’t skip posting because I was busy. Nope, I just plain forgot.
If you ever find yourself sitting around in an (old) bull session with a bunch of late sixty-somethings, sooner or later, forgetfulness will come up. Who’s the name of that actor with the curly hair in that move about a serial killer? Remember that song buy the what-their-names? Something about Big Girls? I ran into Suzie the other day. You know, her husband’s is what? The bunch of late sixty-somethings will probably laugh about getting old and someone may tell a joke about forgetting. But someone else will ask how Sam, whose Alzheimer’s has taken a turn for the worse, is doing which may bring a glint of worry or even fear to a few Older Eyes. It’s can be a scary aspect of feeling older.
An article on HelpGuide.org titled, Age Related Memory Loss, says that, The following types of memory lapses are normal among older adults and generally are not considered warning signs of dementia:
- Forgetting where you left things you use regularly, such as glasses or keys.
- Forgetting names of acquaintances or blocking one memory with a similar one, such as calling a grandson by your son’s name.
- Occasionally forgetting an appointment.
- Having trouble remembering what you’ve just read, or the details of a conversation.
- Walking into a room and forgetting why you entered.
- Becoming easily distracted.
- Not quite being able to retrieve information you have “on the tip of your tongue.”
Been there, done those. The article also has some tests for signe of Alzheimer’s if you know someone’s who’s genuinely worries and offers a number of things you can do to prevent memory loss and cognitive decline. One suggestion is that mental exercise can make your brain work better and lower the risk of mental decline, which I assume includes blogging … if I can only remember to do it.