Thoughtful Thursday – Brain Drain

brainThis morning as I was thinking about what this Thoughtful Thursday’s topic might be, I was overwhelmed by the fact that it was already Thursday and that May was almost over. I thought, “Wow, time flies” and I should write about that and then thought, “Duh, you already did!”

Which of course led to today’s topic. Do you feel as if you can’t remember anything lately? That your memory is fading, draining from your brain?

Memory loss as we age is a normal occurrence and sometimes, forgetting things isn’t so much about forgetting, but about being distracted due to the many things we have to juggle. I know the first step to my not forgetting is to make a list to keep track of all those things I have to do!

When should you worry about memory loss? notes “A memory problem is serious when it affects your daily living. . . you may have a more serious problem if you have trouble remembering how to do things you’ve done many times before, getting to a place you’ve been to often, or doing things that use steps, like following a recipe.”

What can you do to help stay sharp? Newsweek offered up these suggestions in a January 2008 article:

  • 1. Go aerobic. Moderate exercise helps ward off dementia.
  • 2. Play more. Software games, puzzles, etc. help you keep your brain active.
  • 3. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • 4. Take Folic Acid.
  • 5. Treat yourself to a glass of wine each day.
  • 6. Relax. Stress produces cortisol which eats away at your memory centers.

I’m going to go practice some of these stay sharp items and do something else — make some lists of what I have to do!

Hope this Thoughtful Thursday was helpful!

0 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursday – Brain Drain”

  1. My day is so busy at work, that at the end of even a short one, I have to think about where in the deck I parked my car. I have to retrace my morning steps. It’s so odd and eerie.

  2. I have noticed that my memory isn’t as good as it used to be. I now write things down so I won’t forget to do something important. I do crossword puzzles daily, but I need to work out more.

  3. OMG, Caridad~~I totally DO forget so many things anymore. If I don’t write it down or put a reminder on my phone, I just flat forget. I’ve started doing puzzles more, as my friend suggested this. Thanks for the tips~~I’ll have to start doing some of these, too!!
    LOL, all that stress has eaten away at my brain until it is like oatmeal!!

  4. Great advice for all ages! And I do know that stress produces cortisol that does eat away at your brain! Thus, why I forget things like phone numbers when I’m totally overly stressed out!
    I love exercise, if I can fit it in. Being a ballet dancer (at one time in my life) makes me want to stay fit. But things can get in the way. Yes, I know well the excuses I make!

    Good post, Caridad.

  5. Have you ever got up to do something and then couldn’t remember what you got up for? 😳 A few weeks ago, I told myself not to forget to get a stamp when I checked the mail. To this day, I have no idea why I needed that stamp. LOL. For the most part, my memeory is still holding on. I hope that continues to be the case. There are some good tips there for all of us no matter what age we are. I do some of the things but will be adding more of them It won’t do me any good to make a list ’cause I’d forget what I did with it. 😆 Have a great day and hugs to all.

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