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Thursday, June 14, 2018

I wonder sometimes if I have glitches in my memories. Is it just getting older that makes the wrong brain cells respond? I have vivid memories that never happened. Remembering the wrong place and time? I keep telling myself to just keep quiet when I remember something different from my husband. I sometimes wonder if we were in the same place. I always had a great memory before, never used written lists, but now it's a given I will forget something when I venture to the store and usually it's one of the main things I needed. I still refuse to use a list, I figure if I don't use it, I will continue to lose what I have. Life sure has its ups and downs. I read someone post about depression slipping up on her from nowhere this morning. I believe our hormones get a little upset with the weight loss and rebel, sneaking in and muddying the water. I really thought "old" people had it all figured out by now. What am I missing? I sure don't have it figured out. Does anyone know what the missing piece is? And where can I find it?
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    I have hit a place in life where I need lists. They keep me sane. I carry a small tablet in my purse.
    It really helped with the anxiety of "What did I forget?"
    I think the key to enjoying life as we age is to work smarter, not harder.
    One of the best gifts I ever received was from my son-in-law, a little gizmo that helps me open jars.
    Life changing!
    There is nothing wrong with using little aides to make life easier.
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    366 days ago
    So the consensus is, use a list? When I quit work due to health issues, my brain went into hibernation. I was stressed beyond belief, it was three years before I felt I was better, a lifestyle with zero stress helped, and then I decided to get involved with the local government. I served for two years and it took its toll on me. The stress level was once again maxed out. So a lot of the brain freeze came back, it's taken me 2 years to "get over it" and get back to where I was. I know most days I am great now, brain works, everything is good but every once in a while, it peeks out and makes me question what I am doing. Brain injury happens sometimes when we don't even know, surgery, exposure to toxins, concussions, hormones, our brain has a lot to work through. So I guess we have a lot to be thankful for that we can still walk and talk at the same time. And some days may even be able to chew gum. emoticon
    366 days ago
    Memory is a strange thing. My mother has a brain disease that causes her to remember things that never happened. Her short term memory is gone, and her long term memory isn't real. In legal cases, you have to depose people quickly before their memories change, it does happen. I'm always amazed that witnesses can see the same thing and yet see an event so differently. Personally I keep lists and check them off. Pilots are required to check off pre-flight lists, as are surgical prep teams, and it has nothing to do with memory impairment. You'd think they'd know that stuff after awhile, but the penalties for failure are too high. I'll take all the help I can get to avoid the stress of forgetting something important.
    366 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I am on long term disability due to memory problems, and I did have brain surgery a number of years ago.

    I can tell you at times it is frustrating. I keep things in the same place. If I leave something somewhere else then there is a good chance I won't find it for a while. So when I'm done doing something I always put things away, to avoid that frustration later.

    However, I'm very happy to be alive, the alternatives are worse. I drink in every day, there is always something positive or pleasurable. Right now I'm enjoying a sun-shower, and a beautiful rainbow.

    I think the missing piece is to enjoy the simple pleasures, and doing something positive each day.
    367 days ago
    I've used lists for quite a while now, not all the time though.

    IF helps the brain, exercise helps, and so does learning new things or relearning old things. I started playing the piano again and even got out my violin.

    I'm past the age of menopause. I went through it early in life. My memory isn't as good and I shrunk two inches!

    We do the best we can though, don't we?

    367 days ago
    I think we have to find new solutions to help with kind of stuff as we age. I never worried about my appointments, until I started missing them, now I use a appointment book. Small changes can make a difference.
    367 days ago
    Stress and menopause . . . 2 things that zap the memory!

    There really is nothing wrong w/using a list, though. That's my go-to. That way I know what has to be done.

    I journal everyday, too, and that helps me keep memories straight.

    Good luck!
    367 days ago
    I can totally relate!! I have trouble even remembering names of people i have worked with for 2yrs 😐 i think after I hit 40 my brain hit capacity and now everything is overflow.... whew gone lol
    367 days ago
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