I am taking part in this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge. As a new blogger, I would really welcome feedback. This is my submission for E ...
When I started this challenge, I mapped out some headings. There were a few blanks, but my list was full enough that I felt reasonable confidence in signing up to the challenge. But I wasn't happy with my E. I've been pondering it, whilst going about daily life (as you do) and I hit the jackpot last night - just before falling asleep. I even thought at the time about getting up to write my idea down - but I didn't. Can I capture it today, when I need to write my post. Nope, nope, nope.
Oh for the fabled memory of an elephant ... which I used to have. I was phenomenal - even if I say so myself. Nothing slipped past. But then, single parents working full-time can't afford to have anything less.
But once my daughter grew up, I had a bit more time and I started to use lists as an aide memoire, I got a mobile phone and so didn't need to remember telphone numbers, addresses are now held on my computer database and so I print out labels and don't address envelopes. I could just be thankful that we have all these wonderful tools to provide a net for our failing memories and whilst I am, I wonder if its just that those bits of my brain got lazy through lack of use and simply closed down. Maybe if I'd just kept on using them ...
Of course, I read - I always have and (hopefully) always will. But don't we all? I even went back to University aged 50 and proved that the old brain does still have what it takes to learn, to process ideas, to research. But the memory still lets me down from time-to-time.
Its not an insurmountable problem - what makes it worse, is the ghost of dementia. Both my parents had a parent who suffered with Alzheimers. Yes, they also both had another parent who didn't and who remained sharp till the end. But its out there. Its a subject that we still know so little about. I do keep up with the advances in the scientific press - and they are coming. One day that ghost will finally be laid to rest. Its just that day can't come soon enough.
How's your memory? Do you have any tricks you use, any hints and tips for staying sharp?