Being A Senior and Maintaining My MemoryMonday, August 19, 2013 by: Mac Headrick
Tip #1 do not cut up a hot banana pepper and then rub your right eye.
Tip #2 do not forget “tip #1” and then rub your left eye approximately 15 minutes later.
I experienced the above (surprise, surprise) this past week. Whenever the above type of incident occurs I have a tendency to berate myself for doing something (in my opinion) so stupid. I then go on and attribute my actions to age. I know how to handle hot peppers. How could I forget something so basic and avoid the discomfort that resulted twice in 15 minutes. By coincidence the next day while driving CBC radio had a program about memory loss and seniors. After listening to the program I decided to do a little research on the internet. This is want I discovered about myself.
There are a lot of memory lapse actions which are normal with aging. I am sure most of you are familiar with the following; misplacing glasses, keys, papers you need etc. I have found that by picking a location for stuff I eliminate some of the above. Of course it does irritate Linda when the top of the dishwasher becomes buried with “my stuff”. Linda also has said many times over the years, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Well, perhaps it would seem to deaf ears! However, she has been witness to the odd occasion when I cannot locate something!
As to calling people by the wrong name, well that has been a lifetime habit of mine so I cannot blame that on age. Over 45 years ago in high school in my mind I reversed the names of two brothers Sam and Dave. Until this day I have to stop and think when greeting one of the gentlemen in question to ascertain that I have the correct name. I frequently call the children by the pet’s names and visa-versa. If I had a dollar for every time I mixed up Linda’s name with the ladies names that I worked with over 30 years I would be relatively wealthy.
Thankfully walking into a room and forgetting why I’m there is normal. This action hasn’t happened often to me at home but during my working career it was a regular occurrence. Becoming easily distracted is considered normal. This last sentence could be used to describe my existence. In fact I believe this characteristic is a sign of high intelligence. I’ve often been told that I could be very much alone in that sentiment.
I very seldom forget an appointment but that is due more organizational factors than memory. Linda posts all the medical appointments. Dentists, doctors etc all seem to leave phone messages the day before. The above methods work for me.
Sometimes people when engaging in a conversation will have difficulty finding the right word to convey their intended meaning. If that happens to me I often will invent and/or reconfigure an existing word. In putting together my editorials, I also will use the number “1” instead of the letter “I” in the middle of a sentence which you do not see as Linda will correct this consistency on my part after very frustratingly saying “You did it again!!!” Well, I feel that this is a further sign of intelligence.
I know where I live. Apparently this is a problem for some seniors especially if they are elected to the Canadian Senate.
Frequently I will take the opportunity to talk to myself. I don’t believe this is a problem as long as I don’t argue with myself. Now, according to many, it might be a concern if on these occasions you lose the argument.
Finally last week there was a news report about a young man who was terminated from his employment for using Twitter to seek out some marijuana while at work. He forgot this was an inappropriate use of his work time. Until now none of my senior moments have ever measured up (or down) to this action.
As I see it, memory lapses will occur as I age. As long as I function normally and do not forget my love of family, pets and the Green Bay Packers I should do fine.