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Senior Moments: My method for remembering things

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, July 22, 2021

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving,” -- Albert Einstein.

I tend to believe almost everything I read about health. However, just pages apart in one of my books, Einstein’s quote is followed by another reminding us that “Sleep is the most powerful anti-aging medicine.”

Yet another source in the same book presents a plan to “Give your brain a fighting chance” by treating oneself to a nap for no less than 30 minutes and no more than an hour. When planting a field of lavender, we need to start with a “plot and a plan.” I take naps.

I couldn’t help but think of a song I used to teach my toddler Sunday School class, “Oh, be careful little tongue what you say; Oh, be careful little tongue what you say, for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little tongue what you say.”

We would sing on and on, adding things like “Be careful little eyes what you see,” “little ears what you hear,” “little hands what you do,” “little feet where you go,” “be careful little heart whom you trust,” and “careful little mind what you think” and on and on until we ran out of ideas.

Even that little song has a way of giving us a lesson on the brain. Lately, I’ve been reminded that I need to “be careful” with my mind or brain in almost every aspect of life.

The subject of memory loss came up recently during my Pinochle Club. Some in the club are advanced seniors while others are fledgling seniors. I was able to share my latest remedy for going to my pantry and forgetting why I went there.

Oh, yes, it can be most frustrating. I have, all by myself, developed a system that could be applied to many areas of life where I’m forgetful.

I would not be sharing this with you except that those in listening range thought it a very clever idea. OK, here it is: Let’s say I’m baking and maybe I need a teaspoon of baking soda and realize I used the last of it a few weeks ago.

Rather than heading there and forgetting what I went there for, I begin to chant “Get a box of baking soda,” “Get a box of baking soda,” “Get a box of baking soda.”

Guess what? Three times does it for me! I head straight to the item for which I opened the door of my pantry.

I am good at forgetting names too. I think I will try that system and let you know if it works. Having six adult kids all with spouses helps too. Most seem aware that I worry sometimes when it is not warranted.

Yesterday, one of them sent the following clip to me: “Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.”

So much to learn and so little time.