Sunday, June 18, 2017

18 June 17 - 0832 EDT


"Aging and faded memories are unfortunate for us all."

Forrest Caricofe

Google search: About 162,000 results (1.24 seconds) 

No results found for "Aging and faded memories are unfortunate for us all."


**Yesterday. I did pretty much the same as yesterday, posting my story (blog) of the day, 

publishing 1 video of my own and posting a song by Conway Twitty, 'I'm Lying Here with


I later drove to Orrville to purchase somethings for the house and myself and then drove

back to the house and soaked the flower beds with the water hose, no rain for 5 days.

My rose colored eyeglasses (it's a song too by John Conlee - google it) came apart at the 

left after the screw fell out, no one in the house including myself able to see well enough 

to fix it. The next time I need to go to Walmart for something I'll have the Vision Center 

fix them.
**Today. I've gotten my videos all mixed up so I'm going to have to go to the YouTube 

web site and see what videos have been processed or not. This may take awhile because I 

have 99 videos that have, mostly, been published with a few just processed.

As you can see from the following forecast we are bound to get some rain, maybe, today 

and the next 2 days. If it rains with no lightening, I can sow grass seed in the rain.

Weather for Smithville, Ohio:

Today    THUNDERSTORM                           84° 65°


Tue        SCATTERED_SHOWERS                76° 57°

Wed       MOSTLY_SUNNY                            79° 61°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather


**The defines memory as "the 

faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information."


Excerpt of full article:

Memory Changes in Older Adults

""Senior moments" less inevitable than once thought.

What the Research Shows

For the human brain, there's no such thing as over the hill. Psychologists researching the 

normal changes of aging have found that although some aspects of memory and 

processing change as people get older, simple behavior changes can help people stay 

sharp for as long as possible.

Although researchers are still piecing together what happens in a healthy aging brain, 

they can explain some typical changes. Noted cognitive psychologists such as Fergus 

Craik, PhD, and Timothy Salthouse, PhD, have been investigating what happens and 

compiling the results, as well as trying to improve the methodology of this growing field 

of research.

To understand what happens on the outside, it's important to know what happens on the 

inside. The brain's volume peaks in the early 20s and gradually declines for the rest of life. 

In the 40s, when many people start to notice subtle changes in their ability to remember 

new names or do more than one thing at a time, the cortex starts to shrink. Other key 

areas also show modest changes. Neurons (nerve cells) can shrink or atrophy, and there's 

a large reduction in the extensiveness of connections among neurons (dendritic loss). The 

normally aging brain has lower blood flow and gets less efficient at recruiting different 

areas into operations.

As the brain changes, so does behavior. And so, given that blood flow drops the most in 

the frontal cortex, people most commonly experience declines in verbal fluency, or the 

ability to find the words they want. They also have to work harder at "executive 

function," planning and organizing their activities. The areas most affected after that 

include the parietal cortex, which affects construction and visuomotor performance 

(practice that golf swing!), and the medial temporal area, which affects the ability to 

make new long-term memories and think flexibly....

Finally, a healthy lifestyle supports brain health. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown 

to aid cognition, probably because it boosts blood flow and brings more oxygen to the 

brain. Although objective evidence about the benefits of mental exercise remains limited, 

certainly it does no harm. Anecdotally, many older people still report that pursuing new 

intellectual challenges and enjoying a supportive social network helps them stay sharp. In 

retirement, people stay mentally active in a variety of ways, such as volunteering, 

learning new subjects, and completing puzzles."

As I type and you reading I'll sometimes say I don't remember that, but normally and 

later on, I'll recall that memory once again. 

I have no memory of my baby years, maybe from birth to age 5 or so, experts saying that

that babies/children have no memory, on the average, from birth to 7 years old. I have 

talked to people who say they have these memories, but that is certainly a rarity.

I do not remember crawling under the bed when company came to the house or rocking 

off the back porch and breaking my arm. That was told to me.

I sometimes believe that my memory is increasing with age not decreasing. My secret?

Talking to many people, maybe an average of 10 people a day face-to-face, not face-to-

cell-phone. Sometimes just a Hi, but if we talk for several minutes or so, we may talk of 

shared experiences which reaffirms my memories of the past, or they or I, talking of new 

things expanding the memories for both of us.

I also stand and type on my computer on the top of my dresser while at the same time 

exercising my legs and arms or moving through the house, maybe up 2 floors sometimes,
to accomplish some other task, almost never sitting down. My research seeking answers

to questions I have for my stories (blogs) and other things certainly adds to my memory. 

I exercise while in the flower beds and the yard, mostly strenuous activity or simply fast 


I stretch in checkout lines at Walmart and other stores I visit, the only other person I saw 

stretch this way was a young woman ahead of me in line at a checkout line in Target, the 

state I can't remember.

My last 3 words of this, my story (blog) of this day, "I can't remember." Well, I can't 

remember everything.

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