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Monday, March 11, 2013

On Losing My Mind

As I get older , age  , achieve more maturity, I've noticed I tend to forget things.  It's usually a temporary memory lapse;  at dinner, can't remember the name of the host of The Apprentice, and then in the middle of the night, I shout, "Donald Trump!"  Of course, by that time, Mr. Eva has forgotten the original conversation, is sound asleep, and doesn't appreciate my sudden flash of brilliance at 2:00 a.m.

I read somewhere that if you forget where you put your car keys, it's not indicative of Alzheimer's.  It's when you find them and have no idea what they are for, that you are in trouble!  I've heard a lot about "brain fitness," lately, and since I figure I have a better shot a brain fitness than body fitness, I've started paying attention.  (Especially since it's unlikely I'll be giving up chocolate and training for a marathon any time soon!)

If you, too, are interested in brain fitness, you may want to check out 24 Blogs With Things You Can Do to Keep Your Brain Sharp As You Age, a post by Ken Myers of Myers Websites and Companies.  Ken contacted my by email and included a link to his blog post, suggesting that my readers might be interested in checking them out.  Usually I just delete soliciting emails, but since he wasn't looking for financial compensation and the subject hit close to home for me, I decided to pay him a visit.  

I found a wealth of fun and helpful information and decided it did warrant a shout out.  If you are looking for entertaining ways to exercise your gray matter, click here, or on the link above.  Let me know if you found it worth a visit!


By the way, all you young 'uns out there---your day is coming.  It's never too soon to start flexing for your future!!

EVA

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

very cool...def mental dexterity is something you have to stay after and stretch as you get older...i may be premature...i always lose my keys...and i swear my boys hide the remote...smiles.

will check it out..

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Lumosity.com is another site that has brain exercises. I don't know if that was included in Ken's link. but, it's worth mentioning. I keep trying to remember to visit them and try the brain exercises out, but I keep forgetting. How's that for needing to strengthen my brain? I forget things all the time and have those "aha" moments as well. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!

A Beer For The Shower said...

There's this game called Brain Age that you can buy to work on your mental dexterity, and it's a lot of fun. Mostly because it's voice activated, and it doesn't understand my Mexican wife, who has no accent at all by the way. So she fails miserably and gets told that she has the brain of a 90 year old, which I find quite entertaining.

abbyhasissues.com said...

I'm only 31 and can attest to losing my mind-and things like my keys-on a regular basis, so age isn't the only thing that causes this crap!

But I agree that mental exercise is so key in staying semi-sane. At the old people's place they offer some sort of activity every day at 2pm, be it painting, cards, etc--just to keep the seniors active. Some can't really participate, but they still try and interact. It makes a world of difference!

rosaria williams said...

Cool!
I have my own rules on exercising mind and body, and will write a post soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Theresa said...

Thanks for the tip Eva. Heading over to read up now! XOXOs

Michelle Nahom said...

Thanks for the tip! I lost my keys so many times that I now wear them around my neck when I am out and about. My friend bought me a lanyard 10 years ago and it solved the problem of the keys...of course there are other things I forget too though. Whenever my kids make fun of me, I tell them its because there's too much running around my brain!

Gail said...

Headed over to check it out. Check what out? Do I go to the library? Where are my keys? Uh, kidding!

fishducky said...

I am 78 years old & I post a blog 3 times a week. I do a daily online jigsaw puzzle. I am an avid reader. I do both the L.A. Times & the N.Y. Times crosswords daily. My mind is in perfect condition. I'm--Who's calling, please?

Nancy Thompson said...

I worry about brain fitness, but I challenge myself everyday. I just hope that works!

Debbie said...

Oh Eva am I with you on this one! Every single day I say to someone in person, email or by phone "I am losing my mind!". I like what you said about the car keys....that makes good sense and frankly I feel a little bit better. Get this....one of the side effects of one of my medications since I had a heart attack is memory loss!!! So you can just bet it won't be long before I am walking around like a zombie saying "I want to see my mama!" I have tried Luminosity as Vicki mentioned and liked it. I do crossword puzzles on a regular basis and like you with the Donald Trump thing...remember words in the middle of the night! Argggggggg!! Thanks for the tips....will check them out....and thanks for always coming by my blog. You're so loyal!

Jeannine Breton said...

I have many "brain fitness" games on my Kindle......alternative to playing "crazy birds" !! .....lol

Sue said...

My memory is kinda shot these days, too. I'll go check it out...

=)

River said...

I read a lot and do crossword puzzles, I especially like the code cracker ones with no clues except a few letters already filled in.
I worry about one day not knowing who or where I am, or what a spoon is for, so I'll be checking out that site you recommended. And I might start doing online jigsaws again like Fishducky. I used to do them...

Kimberly said...

AHAHAH...when you can't remember what they are for. That is a gem.
I use writing as a good exercise. Then my kid comes home with homework and I'm all ????

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Thanks, Eva, but I'm sure exercising my brain would be as fruitless as exercising my body has been! :)

Alli Smith said...

Stopping by from SITS to thank you for checking out my blog. I sincerely appreciate it! Loved the "Wrestling with Retirement" post.