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Forgetting Doesn’t Begin at 60

Saturday, October 12, 2019

I read an article today which hit the mark for me.

The website is 'Sixty and Me' and Noelle Nelson makes the point that:

"Forgetting Doesn’t Begin at 60. We forgot plenty of things in our 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. But once we cross that 60-something threshold, we begin to attribute any mental hiccup to our age. When we were younger, we didn’t do that. We assumed we were momentarily distracted, or had too much on our minds, or some other non-age-oriented reason. But hit 60+ and the phrase “age-related cognitive decline” raises its ugly spectre in our thoughts entirely too often."

Now I'm definitely guilty of this. I worry sometimes about losing my memory.

And I do put it down to getting older. Yet, when I stop and think about it, I can remember times as a teenager when I forgot things and I used to say then that I had a bad memory! I'm no worse now than I was then.

I think we can talk ourselves into feeling old can't we, if we're not careful.

On the positive side, I have found that regular exercise helps, which is another point that Noelle makes in her article. It's been raining for days and is due to rain for several more (it's England, I know, it rains a lot, but not usually for days and days on end!).

I've had a cough and cold so haven't been to the gym. I definitely feel grey and sludgy inside to match the grey sludgy outdoors! But hopefully by tomorrow or Monday I'll be feeling brighter and back at the pool.

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    Thank you for your blog today! Age is just a number!
    98 days ago
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    99 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and more thought provoking---But I do agree with one thing you said:
    I think we can talk ourselves into feeling old can't we, if we're not careful.
    It often starts jokingly: "They say the first thing that goes is the mind." It's really no joke, as the words we say resonate and are like seeds we plant within ourselves. I just commented to someone who asked,
    "How can anyone possibly remember details from as far back as high school?" … I told her I just finished writing my memoir this morning after starting in January. I was amazed at the things that surfaced, even down to dates, places, names, and minute detail. I think we are capable of maintaining a healthy mind--connected to memory, just as those who maintain their weight once they "reach their desired" weight. Again, thanks! {an for visiting my page today}

    99 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/12/2019 6:36:07 PM
    I've never been able to remember names, that's not new.
    99 days ago
  • YMWONG22
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    99 days ago
    You are right
    99 days ago
    Yes, age ain’t but nothing but a number.
    99 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/12/2019 6:49:09 AM
  • TZAPP22
    Sending you sunshine across the ocean! I agree we have to be careful what we allow our minds to convince us at times.
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