I heard a joke once (I canâ€™t remember where)Â but the punch line is something like â€œAm I going upstairs or down?â€
That seems to be the story of my life these days. My memory is going. I never thought it would happen, but more and more I find myself forgetting what I went into a room to get, forgetting things, losing things. Now, names I used to remember easily sit on the tip of my tongue and I canâ€™t get them out until hours later. Itâ€™s time to exercise my memory the same way I exercise my body, which also isnâ€™t nearly in as good shape as it should be but thatâ€™s for another post.
Last week, I forgot to put something in my purse that has resulted in major inconvenience and a few words not fit to print. I thought it was there, but Iâ€™d apparently taken it out and forgot to put it back.
So Iâ€™ve resorted to making lists. I have lists everywhere â€“ on my bulletin board in my office, on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror. Without a list, Iâ€™ll never remember what I need to buy at the grocery store, what I need to pack for vacation, etc. Now, if thereâ€™s something I canâ€™t afford to forget to take, itâ€™s on the list taped to the front door of my house so I canâ€™t miss it.
Iâ€™ve been trying a new website www.lumosity.com that has exercises for your brain.
I’ve always enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. In fact, I used to create and sell them to one of the most popular puzzle magazines in the country. Lately, other things have filled my free time, but apparently doing puzzles is a great way to keep your brain healthy. Now where did I put that puzzle book?
And Iâ€™ve been paying more attention. Lately, my brain seems to be a bit scattered, trying to do three things at the same time. I used to be able to multi-task much more efficiently than I do now, so maybe itâ€™s time to stop trying. I need to take notice of what Iâ€™m doing instead of being absent in the moment and working out other problems.
Iâ€™ll work on these three for a while and see if they help. Iâ€™ll let you know â€“ unless I forget J
What about you? Howâ€™s your memory?