Many of you know my mother suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for almost ten years before she passed away. Now I’m getting close to the age when she died, and I’m becoming even more aware of my own embarrassing memory lapses. I wonder, is Alzheimer’s inherited? It’s frightening to contemplate.
Several days ago I couldn’t think of the name of our daughter’s first husband. Now that’s scary! Even though they divorced back in the early 90’s, they were married for three years! I tried that memory prompt of going through the alphabet, hoping that would trigger the first letter of his name. That helped. I did remember it began with an “R,” but that was all I could recall. Was it Ron? Rod? No, those didn’t sound quite right.
This morning I finally decided I needed to go look through my photo albums. This was ridiculous! Then from out of the blue, the name came to me while I was brushing my teeth. Go figure! His name was Rob. Short for Robert. And I remembered his last name, too, although I won’t write it here now. What a relief!
All of us realize it’s perfectly normal for our brain’s neurons not to fire as quickly as we grow older, but it still bothers us—especially, when we forget something we are supposed to know very well, like the name of a family member or a friend.
I’ve decided the best remedy is to stay active, eat well, and get plenty of sleep. Read and think and stay engaged with those around you. And, if you’re a writer, it also helps to write something every day. Keep a journal of interesting thoughts and observations.
You might even enjoy writing a story or a blog!