This is Monday morning. I’m writing my column early. I wish those folks would forget about changing the dang clock every March and November. Blame it on a guy from New Zealand, George Hudson who came up with the idea in 1895. It re-emerged in the early 1970’s in the United States when we were dependent on other countries around the world for our energy needs. The only good thing about it is battery replacement sales for your smoke alarm. Changing clocks is also a form of exercise.
Another important item this week might be the election. A psychologist on TV said a large number of folks are experiencing stress over the election. Just this morning I stressed over whether to eat Raisin Brand or Life Cereal, fiber or not.
I was talking to an old friend last week and were both trying to figure out how long we had been in business and remembering what happened a week or two before. I did a little research to help explain some of our memory lapses. I forgot where I found it but it makes sense. This is what I found.
“Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.
Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.
Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise.”
AMEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Quit worrying about it. We are so full of information we just can’t remember it all.
Below are quotes from mature adults that support this cognitive explanation!
• I’m a walking storeroom of facts – I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.
• I’m having trouble remembering simple words like……….
• I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
• I’m not really grouchy, I just don’t like traffic, waiting, crowds, new words, rap music, unruly kids, baby boomer medicine commercials, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can’t seem to remember right now.
• I’m very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over…
• The easiest ways to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
• If not for STRESS I’d have no energy at all.
• Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.
• You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
A somewhat older lady sent this to me
My five new boyfriends
I am seeing five gentlemen every day.
As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. (Actually I see John a lot – even at night)
Then Charlie Horse comes along and when he is here, he takes a lot of my time and attention.
When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.
After such a busy day, I’m really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay.
What a life! Oh, yes, I’m also flirting with Al Zymer. Sometimes I think about calling Jack Daniels or Johnny Walker to come and keep me company.
Now remember: Life is like a roll of toilet paper… the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. So have fun, think ‘good thoughts’ only, learn to laugh at yourself, and Count your blessings!