This morning when I came downstairs to care for the dogs and feed my parrots, I found a half eaten piece of fruitcake on the kitchen counter. Good grief!
Actually, I found cake crumbs and followed them to a half eaten piece of fruit cake which the miscreant had dragged behind the microwave oven. Yes, it was a mess. As I don’t eat fruitcake, I know the culprit had David’s help.
Of course the mice found his fruitcake. His precut and wrapped cake slices are secure in a tin. He left this particular cake slice out last night. When I
yelled told him, he was contrite and admitted it must have been him. He knows I don’t eat fruitcake.
Then he got upset. Now he thinks he is losing his mind. I assured him No, he is merely unable to focus on more than one thing at a time these days and if it involves food, he had better make that the number 1 priority.
Sudoku layout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last week, we heard a program on PBS about mind strength. The speaker recommended that as you age you need to do things to build new synapses in your brain to replace the synapses you are losing to senility.
I do this by reading complex books. However, should you have abandoned this type of thinking, you can improve your mind skills with puzzles, and other math based activities. You can find Sudoku on the website of the AARP (American Association for retired people).
My sister works the New York Times crossword puzzles and plays games endlessly on Facebook (how I know she is alive). I bought some games for my Kindle: Monopoly (more chance than skill); Scrabble; NYT crosswords; Solitaire and others. Many of the games have a computer competitor named A1. I call him Al. I also like to work jigsaw puzzles. I have the cutout kind, but you can find them on the AARP site also.
I think working on a blog probably helps me retain some of my thinking skills, but it’s not enough. Writing, reading, puzzle solving and other complex tasks work different parts of the brain.
As we age, it is important to not only work ourselves physically, but mentally too. Very important.
Dylan Thomas Gravesite in the churchyard at Laugharne (1981); I understand that since, his widow Caitlin has died and is also interred here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the running jokes on many of the TV programs geared to the older person is “why bother?” True you will never recover that beautiful body you had at age 25, but you might improve the quality of your life if you do something every day to strengthen your mind and body. So what are you doing today to help yourself? Or have you given up the fight?
Dylan Thomas wrote:
Do not go gentle into that dark night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.