My kids often kid with me that I have some-timers disease.  Sometimes I remember, sometimes I forget.   Although it is fun to joke with my family from time to time,  my mental health is something that I take very seriously. I watched the movie “The Notebook” again the other night.  It breaks my heart to think about how sad it would be to totally forget everyone and everything you have lived for and loved your whole life. I believe that the more you really use your brain, actively engaging and challenging it, the less likely you are to lose the use of it later in life.

I love to learn new things, and am constantly reading.  It it not uncommon for me to be in the middle of 5 or 6 different books because I want to learn about so many different things.   One of the books I am currently working my way through is called Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain’s Potential, by Richard Restak, M.D. It is a fascinating book that explains how the brain works and how to improve your brain’s performance.   Here is a little exercise from that book to help you improve your memory.  Keep a list of words that you gather as you are reading. Practice spelling them forwards, then backwards, out loud, without looking at them.  Examples: hospital — h o s p i t a l,  l a t i p s o h,  computer – c o m p u t e r, r e t u p m o c.  As you master a word, drop it from your list and keep adding new words.

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