November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Do you find you lose the word you are looking for or put your keys down and forget where you left them? Is it just that we are busy, overloaded, or are we secretly thinking the worse – Alzheimer’s?
I remember as a kid attending the funerals of grand parents, great aunts and uncles and thinking – well, we have a few generations in front of us (my friends, siblings), so I don’t have anything to worry about. Then a couple decades pass and the grand parents are gone, the parents are either gone or having health challenges: including forgetting birthdays, getting lost while driving, and more. We watch more closely our parents suffering various illnesses (chronic or acute), cognitive decline (dementia, Alzheimer’s) and admire and are inspired by those that continue to be active and engaged in life well into their 90’s. But as they began leaving us, we suddenly look in the mirror and say YIKES! we are next – this is the time when being at the head of the line is not as much fun.
Being up front we get to see our friends with their chronic/acute illness, watching them become a bit more forgetful or daft and we start thinking what’s next and who’s next and what will it be.
Below is a link to a piece from the National Institute on Aging that provides some tips about Normal Forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s. I was a bit relieved when I read it as my minor forgetfulness is considered “normal”. Even though, keys get misplaced, documents (and we have so many of them) get muddled together. One thing we have begun in our house is to
- always put our car keys in the same place, and
- put away what you take out. It has saved many of “those moments”.
- get your documents in order – I have used the PortaVault system for years (admittedly – I have not always kept it up, but I am getting better).
Even Bill Gates is in the game – recently donating $100 million of his personal funds to support Alzeheimer’s Research.
Enjoy your November and work on putting those keys in the same place – it will really help as we go into the holiday season when that forgetfulness rises – Ever lose your car in the parking lot? Take a picture on your phone of where you are, or get a find my car app for your phone. It will keep you from going crazy.
REFERENCE: National Institute on Aging: Normal Forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s http://bit.ly/2nhqeh1