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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
Whether it is simply aging or that there are just too many inputs, it appears that many of us now freely admit to being forgetful. Often referred to as a senior moment, our definition of “senior” seems to be expanding. I just heard someone I admire greatly mention, “With my memory, the more times I’m reminded of something, the better.” Last week as I stood in the aisle at the grocery store searching the database in my brain to determine a dinner menu, a clerk asked if they could help me find something. I laughed and said, “Only if you can locate the information in my brain!” Apparently, I was the second person that day to say something to that effect. I will admit, there is a certain comfort in knowing others share my same human experiences.
Because I know I can be forgetful, I recently had a neuropsychological exam performed. It seemed like a good idea to get a baseline. To help create the illusion of order in my chaotic and potentially forgetful life, I have an endless assortment of coping skills that have been developed over the years. One is that I don’t carry a pocketbook. After one-too-many times of leaving it in a restaurant, or shopping cart, or some other place, it seemed a good idea to eliminate that stressful scenario from my life once and for all. On the rare times I do carry a pocketbook, I make sure the car keys are in it; I’m can’t go far without those!
I’m a huge fan of Evernote, one of the many apps available to help remember important things. I can make lists from my phone or computer, personal or business, and even take pictures and name them so they are searchable later. I also keep scads of paper lists, since recording electronically can be like reaching for a shiny object, and before long, what I wanted to make note of is long forgotten. Google Calendar is my friend. I try to always hang my keys up when I walk in the door, and I wish the “Find my iPhone” concept was available for the rest of the things in my life that I can’t find. Simple steps to that can help eliminate any unnecessary stress is sometimes the best we can do, and that is ok.
What brings all of this to mind is June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In our feature article on page 22, Melinda Hemmelgarn adds some smart strategies for preventing dementia in the first place. She makes the connection between how we take care of the rest of our body and the impact on our brain. Most of the suggestions are things we have heard before on eating right, paying attention to our gut, proper sleep and exercise in order to be healthy. Now we have yet another reason to continue to make good decisions—for the health of our brain.
As we enter the lazy days of summer, when fathers are remembered and kids are free from school, we hope that you will enjoy this issue and all the season has to offer.
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