Sunday, May 29, 2011

I'm not losing my mind!

I have been worried about my brain.

Thinking (at least I know I can still do that!)... maybe I'm losing my mind.

Maybe it's early onset Alzheimer or dementia that is causing me to forget the simple things. Like the name of a former co-worker with whom I spent a week at a conference in San Francisco -- how could I forget her name? Or, when I walk into a room with a purpose and that purpose is lost in trying to remember why I walked into the room in the first place.

Gotta find my brain. Gotta locate my dimming braincells. Have I lost my mind?

Gotta figure out where it's going, if only I could remember where I put it!

But..... now there's good news! Researchers have found out there is power in this 'ole middle aged brain. and man! Can it is a muscle of cognitive power!

Yup -- my cognitive abilities are at an all time high, even as my libido wanes and my waist thickens. how's that for mixed blessings?

The video below gives me hope, and encouragement. It also makes me feel a whole lot better!

For you middle-agers out there... don't give up. You're not losing your mind. You're just busy figuring everything out!

Happy Sunday!

Now... what did I plan on doing with my day? Oh right. I'm off to the Lilac Festival. We've got a booth and will be selling WHERE. Check us out if you're in town. If not, check it out here!

In the meantime -- get inspired by this RSA speak by The New York Times' health and science editor Barbara Strauch, author of, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain (looks like a must read for this middle-age brain!). I discovered this gem at William Harryman's Integral Options Cafe blog. Watch it -- You'll be inspired and reassured! It's not you. It's just your brain! And all is well with the brain -- and it can be better yet!


Maureen said...

The Lilac Festival sounds like fun! And a bit of downtime there, stress-free, will do wonders for ability to remember.

patcegan said...

Thanks for the info on maturing brains. I have decided that my lapses from the Now are my mind doing soul work. Daily munitia is getting less important, while going within becomes a priority. Since I still love learning new things and do so constantly, I know my brain is still strong...just has different priorities. Hugs, pat

Sandra Heska King said...

No time to watch the video at this moment--but why is everyone talking about forgetting this week? ;)

Oh, and let me know if your brain cells run into mine.

Ruth said...

I haven't listened to the video yet, but it sounds encouraging. I do think we gain a lot in these old brains, even while we lose some of the little stuff. I hate to see people retire at 65 or 70, not that they don't deserve to, but they are such an incredible resource, and why should they stop being there for ideas and other contributions that may not take effort on their part, but just insight and understanding that it takes a lifetime to collect?

S. Etole said...

You might enjoy Dr. Caroline Leaf's book, "Who Switched Off My Brain?".

It's reassuring ... like your video.