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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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Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 7:54 AM EDT
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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 working and remember it all without a list. Now if I don't write everything down before leaving the house, there are one or two things that I will forget. What about you?

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 8:52 AM EDT
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Oh Angela I have lists for every thing!!!  You are not alone!!!Wink   

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 10:30 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

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 11:19 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.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 11:57 AM EDT
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i also use lists more     but i always used shopping lists anyway     and still got home missing something as you probably did also when you were working           you're just looking at it differently now
it's impossible for me to forget the day or date     as it's emblazoned everywhere these days           my phone and cell phone           the tv set also              and i use a set of small separate  daily pill boxes with only today's sitting in the cabinet that says the day of the week    if i forget  all i have to do is look up
i also read the newspaper daily
i do have trouble remembering names or words sometimes     with that  tip of the tongue    thing         but when they announced that   the   zocor   i take daily can cause that    i quit worrying about it and excuse that  saying i'm having a 'zocor' moment
possibly a drug you are taking is causing your  troubles        it can never hurt to read all the warnins you recieve with a drug             and ask your doctor

nikki             you have a wonderful outlook  about it all          it must really help in dealing with your husband
more to come         my son just arrived to mow

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 2:24 PM EDT
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I make lists for everything.....and then.....I forget where I put (or lose) the list!!  Sometimes, life is just not fair!!  I use a dry eraser board (on the fridge) to make notes on; but then.....I (or someone else in the household) forgets to check it once in awhile.  I can't seem to win for losing!!!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 3:44 PM EDT
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I make a lot of lists and put appointments on the calander.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 5:08 PM EDT
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I use lists and put everything on the calendar. I am also retired but am so busy with my grandchildren and
volinteering with community and church things it is a good thing I don't have to go to work. I helped with
Vacation Bible School the pass week. My grandchildren are in a lot of activities in school and I try to go to
most of them. I also enjoy bowling and go to several tournments.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 5:10 PM EDT
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I could not live without our calendar.  Everything is on that calendar!!  I also make lists, but even with a list I sometimes forget things. ( my husband shops with me, so he is partially to blame too).  The thing that really bugs me is forgetting the names of things, but if I relax, it usually comes back to me in a couple minutes.  Glad to hear the Zocar thing as I take that too.  I am 74 and I walk 3 miles 5 times a week, and I ride my stationery bike 40 minutes a day.  I do crossword and Sudoku puzzles everyday, and I always have a book that I'm reading.
I try not to multitask as much, as it becomes counterproductive, and I end up messing something up.  I try to just live in the moment, and enjoy things as they come.  I have 2 children that are married and doing well.  They have given me 5 terrific grandkids who are spectacular.  I count my blessings everyday, and I am still on this side of the sod!! What's not to like!!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 6:09 PM EDT
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GRAN A here;
Hi ANGELA F;
 when I took a management  training course( 40 years ago) ; we were ee taught to use aids/ tricks/lists dy planners) to help us be better organized 7 to  forget  less.
I had a massive stroke i 1983 after a drunk driver rammed into my car at a red light.The rehab program again  encouraged  use of & provided  day planners ; written notes to help us remember, our scheduled therapies each day.I am now 68yo on statin drugs( negatively effect my memory)&  do a day planner  page each nght before going to sleep so I can start each day knowing what have to do &  where / when I have to be there. The same aids that helped in my younger  years, now help me  w/ these things.
I keep a memo pad in the kitchen & write down each ingredient ( condiments, veggies, seasonings as  I use  it up or run low.This list  is transferred o my pc for our weekly grocery list.My day planner (TO DO list)goes w/ me from room to room & place to place & I refer to it rather than trust my memory. This relieves me of the stress & pressure of trusting mydamaged brain .
I find that the process / act of writing lists, actually   helps me to improve my memory. You might try  keeping track (n lists)of  TO DO &  TO GET items, forgetting  & stressing out less.As we get older, we sleep less;  may be on Rx drugs that sometimes  have memory loss as a side effect,
Don't be angry at  yourself or embarrassed;just help yourself  &  "cheat"  by keeping lists .You'll only have to  remember to bring the list look  at it to improve your performance &  memory;
It works for me &  many executives do this routinely to be more efficient at their jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Busy People often have personal assistants to help them remember things; these asistants usually make lists; even they don't rely solely n their memories( health issues, lack of sleep &  overwork can cause us to have less memory  capability. So use the same tricks that busy young  people use to help them forget less &  seem to have   such  *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G* memories
Cool


ut you?
Posted by Angela F[/QUOTE]

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 6:52 PM EDT
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i used to have trouble losing or keeping up with my lists              until i found some yellow legal pads in 5X7 pads      now i can easily find them          and if i lay it down at grocery or drop it         simply going back to the last spot will usually turn it up      when they were white i almost never found them        but the yellow stands out well            unless, of course i put it on the bananas
i have lost very few of these                    people who see me drop one will pick it up and give it to me   further around the store      they're memorable

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/28/2012 7:11 PM EDT
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I have always made a list for the groceries.  I look at the ads, make the list on an envelope, add any coupons and put the list in my purse. I don't use a list for anything else.  I do find that I forget people's names at times, but fortunately only for a few minutes.  I always know where the keys are and since I drive a big pick-up truck, it is easy to spot in the parking lots.  Perhaps it helps that the only medication I take is one to prevent migraines (haven't had one in 10 years) and then only 3 times a week.  Drugs can mess you up.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 12:17 AM EDT
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I used to shop without a grocery list, just relying on the ads in my memory.  Had to start making lists years ago because I would always forget something lol.  Since I don't work now, sometimes I forget what day of the week it is but I never forget the days I go visit my Mom.  It helps that I have a calendar hanging on the wall by the kitchen since I walk past it many times a day.  Always write appointments, charity pickups, etc on the calendar.  Visual reminders are great.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 6:02 AM EDT
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I keep a calendar on my laundry room door and write down all my appointments.  It makes me feel organized! Ha!  I find that I can re,member perhaps one-half of a name of a person but dome up with the other half a few minutes later.  You have to work at it!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 6:49 AM EDT
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I always have a list and have for many years.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 10:20 AM EDT
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the oter day found the salt and pepper shakers in my fridgeHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa was me or my hsband

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 11:08 AM EDT
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I keep a calendar on the refrigerator.  Keep all our appointments there.  And even then I sometimes forget to check or somehow miss an appointment.  Does not happen often but throws me into a tailspin when it happens.

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 12:07 PM EDT
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Keep a calendar on the fridge as well! Also have my daily planner wih me in my purse........and I can't wait to retire!! Smile

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/29/2012 1:37 PM EDT
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You ladies are WONDERFUL!  I am 55 & have started a new career.  If I don't write it down I can NOT remember how to do it the next time!

Re: Retirement and mental acquity

posted at 7/30/2012 8:32 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Retirement and mental acquity:
Oh Angela I have lists for every thing!!!  You are not alone!!!    
Posted by Renee C


Renee,
Bless you for making me feel better!
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