Brain Games ~ Are you playing?

Are you feeling it too?

Some of us are at that age where losing our glasses and forgetting what we went downstairs for seem to be the norm, rather than the exception.  It happened to me again this week.  There is a TV commercial with a very well-known actor that’s getting a lot of air time right now.  I knew who he was.  I’ve even seen quite a few of his movies, but every time the commercial came on, I silently played the “what is that guy’s name game”.  Oh, it was in there, but it sure wasn’t coming out anytime soon.  Hubs finally saw the commercial last night and immediately looked over at me and said “Isn’t that Samuel L. Jackson?”  Bingo!

Two old fogies out taking their brain cells for a walk and trying not to forget where they are headed.

Two old fogies out taking their brain cells for a walk and trying not to forget where they are headed. Yep, it’s a selfie – were not totally OLD.

Why couldn’t I pull that name from the recesses in my gray matter?  Just a few years ago, hubs and I would laugh about lapses like this.  These days, it doesn’t always seem so funny.  Especially if you are the one who can’t seem to remember anyone’s name.

How timely, then, that I came across an excellent and very relevant article from Next Avenue on the miracle that is our brain and how to keep it young, healthy and functioning for a long time.

It’s well worth the read.  How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day 

If you are new to the blog or don’t remember reading them, you might also enjoy these previous posts on memory and the aging brain. Have You Seen My Glasses?  and  Thanks For the Memories

See you on the road!  Please don’t take it personally if I don’t remember your name.



Friday’s Food For Thought ~

Did you see the bio-pic Iron Lady a few years ago?  Me too, and I loved it.  I also gained a new insight into the life and mind of Britain’s former Prime Minister.  Two thumbs up to Meryl Streep for her portrayal of this larger than life woman in her last declining years.  Lady Thatcher’s death this week brought the conversation about dementia back into the spotlight and out of the closet (where most of us like to keep it).

As the front line of the aging baby boomer population it is vital that we keep this conversation going – with each other, with our parents if we still have them, and with our children.

So, with that in mind, I wanted to share this post  The Lessons For All of Us Margaret Thatcher’s Final Years that I found on Next Avenue the outstanding new website and blog from PBS that features thousands of articles, videos and slideshows all designed to help you make the most of your life’s second half.

And this preview of a PBS presentation Protect Your Memory by Dr. Neal Barnard.


Have a fantastic weekend.  It’s supposed to be a wet one here in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe we’ll make a big bowl of popcorn and watch The Iron Lady on Netflix.