Retirement and mental acquity
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How many of us are retired and feeling the loss of some memory?  I get so upset when I cannot remember the day of the week. I try to keep myself active, and I used to be able to do chores while w
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Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/30/2012 8:33 AM EDT
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i write a list for food shopping and still forget something.i am 72 buti don't forget everything haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Posted by Millie B


Millie,
I thought that my forgetting was related to my 70th birthday, which I celebrated in Feb. Thanks for the support!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/30/2012 8:37 AM EDT
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Angela, I think the priorities change and what you focus on changes. You no longer have to focus on work as well as the other things in your life.  As long as you are active that is all that matters.   I bet the things you "forget" are not really that important after all. If you are really concerned about your memory you can get tested.  I go by the theory that it is not a problem if you loose your car keys but it is a problem if you forget what the car keys are for. It is not a problem if you forget the letter for the post office, it is a problem if you forget where the post office is. Enjoy your days, enjoy your friends, read a good book, watch a movie, and bake a batch of cookies.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,
Thanks for boosting my confidence. Yes the things that I forget quite often are not that important, but when you are taling to someone and forget your train of thought because you get sidetracked is scary. My file cabinet is so filled with the 70 years of learning that it takes a bit to get through the "stuff" to find the answer. I need to train myself all over again to keep focussed on the subject and not try to do 3 or 4 things at once.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/30/2012 8:39 AM EDT
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To all my VBB friends,
Thank you for your hints and support. I really needed the boost. I will try to implement your wonderful suggestions too.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/7/2012 9:58 PM EDT
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When my sons were growing up I got one of those huge calendars at Staples.  Everything went on the calendar.  I continue to do this to this day.  I have always made lists, way way back.  I stil continue to do so.  It is very helpful.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 12:23 AM EDT
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I've been home for a few years now and boy has my mental acquity changed.I have found just by doing crossword or word find puzzles have helped a great deal.I think our brains and bodies benefit from exercise.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 5:46 AM EDT
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GRANA here;
 I hada massivestrok nearly 30 years ago,&lost short term emory from it.In the rehab hospital they  encouraged me to  write down a list of the days activities( a day planner  page .
It has helped tremendously.They also  told me  to  maintain thesame schedule  daily;
get p
 wash &  dress; showrs at least  3x a week( as needed)
put up aundry/ clean a room/area
 start dinner pre cut; chop; measureoutingredients( justlike a TV cook , in sepearate  dishes)refrigerate perishables till  it's time to cook

  reward myself :sit down, feet up & read time, after which do another chore:
 laundry to dryer,clean another area
  ONLINE  ROUTINE; CHATS; EMAILING, SOLITAIRE
 another chore/task:
 laundry  to dryer, clean another area
 make out menus /shopping list for week
The routineof repeating /routinetasks  helps asdoes writing ting a list&  checking off  items  as completed.This also givesme visibleprof of my acomplishments&  lets me enjoy my "reward time:" reading time,a cuppa hot tea or  cold lemonade( seasonal)
 After thissecond break/reward, I  make out the next day's list& hang it up where  I can refer to it as needed.
My menory is  muchbetter  than many  people who have had strokes; thatisuntil statin drugs( for cholesterol) caused   memory loss.I tke co Q10 for that& muscle pain (  both side effects of statin drugs&  findmy memory islesseffected by the statin drugs
 It is costly but I buyit mailorder & often get  it on BUY  2 get 3FREE sales, several times a year.
Memory loss is not automatic w/  getting oder; it may bedue to side effectsof Rx meds; illness, dehydration  or  poor diet.Fish oil is helpfull for  memory loss & dry eyes too. Check w/ your dr  before taking it as it is a blood thiner & may not be right for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 5:58 AM EDT
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GRANA here;
 MENTAL EXERCISE:puzzles, card games,learn a new language as well as physical activity are all suggested to  help  boost  memory, I have read that "the brain is muscle& like  other muscles  needs exercisto keep it strong" DEPRESSION  (loss of job or loved ones can also affect memory
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iIf yourmemory  problems become to bothersomel ge help w/finding a solution.; til then make lists, socialize, &  try to  maintain routines.i think participating hereonVBBBposting & reading/ is good socialization& , routine, new & old skils is helpelpfull to me, at least.Cool
 granA

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 3:12 PM EDT
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GRANA here;   MENTAL EXERCISE : puzzles, card games,learn a new language as well as physical activity are all suggested to  help  boost  memory, I have read that "the brain is muscle& like  other muscles  needs exercisto keep it strong" DEPRESSION   ( loss of job or loved ones can also affect memory iIf yourmemory  problems become to bothersomel ge help w/finding a solution.; til then make lists, socialize, &  try to  maintain routines.i think participating hereonVBBBposting & reading/ is good socialization& , routine, new & old skils is helpelpfull to me, at least.  granA
Posted by ann h


Hi Ann,You amaze me! You do so well for someone that has had a stroke.You are right about VBB being a good place to socialize.We are all different ages but with similar likes ,two being baking and cooking.It's nice to see what everyone is up to and sharing with each other.I love looking around on the internet and learning new things I try to learn something new each day but that doesn't always work out or I forget what I just learned! lol lol lol! I do the daily puzzles in our newspaper.Talk with family and friends often.I love having my dogs around me,they certainly are entertaining.Plus these two give me a reason to get up every morning to take care of them and love them.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 5:10 PM EDT
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I can remember during my last six or so years prior to leaving the work force that I thought I was really loosing it, because I'd forget things.  Then, I began to listen to the younger women talk about the things they did or forgot to do and I felt refreshingly sharp!  We all have those moments, young, old, male, female!!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/8/2012 5:30 PM EDT
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Ok here goes...
I have the calendar.  I write stuff on the calendar.  (by the way pick them up at the dollar store now before they run out)
So last night I was going through the calendar for next month writing some things down and I came across a note for the 27th, it says Dr. Heather then an R after it.  For the life of me I have no idea what the appointment is for.
So now I am sitting here wracking my brain trying to figure out who the appointment is for and what it is for.
So the calendar is not always helpful!

Ok, everything is alright....mystery solved.  I found the referral to the doctor now I do not have to wonder what or who the appointment is for. 

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 10/10/2012 10:37 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
I have istsofuser names& passwords forall online accts&  chats;There are times when i f I didn't have thselists; my online friendswould never hear from me again
I keep lists & addto them daily of  food &other householditems that arerunning loworI would liketo try( new items)
It's tiresome to alwaysbemaking listsbutI avoid " forgetting" thingsFrown
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