4 days ago
Monday, August 29, 2016
First off, a big time congratulations to the Endwell, NY little leaguers who are now-----Little League World Series Champions. You truly did end well.
What an amazing group of youngsters. Proud of you.
Most of you who read my posts are younger than me but might have experienced a slight dose of memory constipation. It can start as early as the fifties and progresses slowly as the years pile on. Mine got slightly noticeable in my late sixties and has picked up a tad as I sneak up on eighty.
Such as when a word you know perfectly well just won't come to mind in mid-sentence. Huh?? Trying to remember someone you once knew but can't for the life of you attach a name. Pretty sure there aren't many of you who qualify as seniors that have not had at least mild degrees of this age related phenomenon.
I agree with the theory that as we age we just keep piling information into our finite brains. Eventually, some data will have to be dumped to make room. Our brain doesn't discriminate or chose wisely and the dumping seems random. Hopefully some things mine has dumped I may never even miss.
Do you accept this or do you fight it? I fear I am bulldog like and will claw away and will retrieve the lost information eventually. It almost becomes a game.
If on those rare time when the person you are speaking to can't supply the missing word, it will reappear on its own often hours later when it is no longer needed. For those times, bulldog doesn't help.
For the lost name of a person on the periphery of my circle that I should know, I use the ABC approach. I picture the person then recite the alphabet slowly. Generally when a letter corresponds to the name of my lost person, their name pops up easily. Hopefully they are a Bob or Carl and not a Walter or Zane.
Sometimes if it is not a person in my circle and if they have any degree of fame, the Internet is the best tool. A while back I was trying to think of a favorite football player from quite a few years ago. Total blank.
With the Internet we only need a smidgen of information to get an answer. All I knew for sure was that he was the brother in law of a teammate. Vague enough? Actually all I had to type was " Dolphin teammate brothers in law" and there they were top of the page-- Jason Taylor and Zack Thomas. Zack, number 54, was my missing favorite.
Ahh, all was well again. I readily admit to enjoying the challenge and wallow in the successes.
I guess I should feel fortunate. So far I am not losing things, only words and names.
Do you stick with the mind search till you solve the mystery or do you just chalk it up to senior memory and move on? Perhaps you have a significant other who supplies the missing word or name. Or even better, have you so far escaped this rite of passage all together?
at 4:00 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti