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.