What about ‘senior moments?’

The second aspect of my ‘remembering’ well is that I pay attention to what I am doing. An example of a senior moment is going to the refrigerator and getting there and forgetting why you are there. I believe that is not a memory failure, but an attention failure. My answer to that is ‘pay attention’ to what you are doing. If you are watching TV and there is a commercial and you decide to get a snack from the fridge. KNOW what you are doing. Visualize opening the fridge door and getting out that cheese you wanted for a snack BEFORE you get up from your chair. If you are thinking about the commercial and wander into the kitchen, you might well forget why you went, but that is NOT a failure of your memory. That is because you didn’t pay attention to what you were doing, why you were getting up and what you wanted to accomplish when you left the room.

If you engage your mind before you get up to do something, I guarantee you will have much more chance of accomplishing what you set out to do than if you are unfocused and moving in a kind of mental fog as you do it.

For the record, I am not a doctor or a shrink. What I am sharing with you is my own idea on why a lot of folks have what appear to be ‘senior moments’ that ARE NOT a result of failing brains or memories, but simply a lack of paying attention to what they are doing – mental focus.

As always, I would be happy to hear your thoughts on senior moments. I wrote this because my family has five cases of dementia/Alzheimer’s on both sides and I know how awful cognitive failure can be and also how frightening it can be as you get older.

I hope these two techniques of mine can help you to overcome that fear if there is really no foundation for it.

Tony

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Filed under aging brain, brain function, Healthy brain, mental health, seniors

2 responses to “What about ‘senior moments?’

  1. This is interesting and I am sure quite true.

    I am reminded of an incident yesterday. We were driving to the Freethinkers meeting, something that we do regularly, and we were going across to collect Marcia. Marcia doesn’t drive. Instead of turning up her long driveway towards the end of the dead end road, I carried on and turned up the last driveway. Jean said that this was wrong and I panicked, and became totally confused as to where the hell I was.
    On the way out of the road, Jean stopped and said you should take that driveway. It was not familiar despite me being many times before.

    The reason I believe was that as Jean and I were driving across to Maria’s place I was excitedly speaking of the Evolution book by Richard Dawkins and had not been following what I was doing!

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    • Thanks for sharing that, Paul. It so often is a case of simply paying attention to what you are trying to do and not letting your mind drift.

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