Music and Memories

The power of music in our lives

Last week I saw a great show by a 60s and 70s tribute rock and roll group called “Phil Dirt and the Dozers.” They were a talented bunch of guys who played multiple instruments and could sing everything from the Beach Boys to the blues. Like most of the members of the audience I knew every word so I was singing along and dancing in my seat. One couple even jumped up to twist. Were we having such a good time because of simple nostalgia? Research says it’s much more complex than that. (more…)

How Old Are You?

Redefining Old Age

Remember when you were a kid and someone asked you that question?  “I’m 12 and a half,” we’d reply, eager to claim every one of our days. We couldn’t wait to be grown up when we believed we could do anything we wanted. Now if we’re asked our age (and we choose to respond) our answers are quite different. (more…)

A is for Attitude

8 Benefits of Maintaining a Positive Attitude About Aging

“Mrs. W., what are you smiling about?” I had entered her room quietly and caught her in a private reverie. She turned her face toward me and her smile broadened. “Oh,” she replied softly, “I’m just counting my blessings.” I was overwhelmed with shame. Earlier I had been grousing about some trivial issue and here was a woman whose world had been reduced to her bed yet she was still able to find joy in life. I chastised myself with the thought that if I ever complained about anything again I deserved to be zapped with lightning on the spot. (more…)

Senior Moments, Part II

10 Reversible Causes of Memory Loss

In the last post I listed the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s published by the Alzheimer’s Association. But it is important to know that even if you or someone you love is experiencing any of these warning signs, it does not automatically indicate Alzheimer’s disease. There are a number of reversible causes of memory problems. Here are 10 of them:


Senior Moments

How to Tell the Difference Between Normal Forgetfulness and Dementia

“Now where did I leave my glasses? Let’s see. I went to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee and then I noticed the cat’s dish was empty so I went to the pantry to get cat food. After I filled the bowl I got my coffee and then the phone rang and. . . aha! Here they are, next to the phone.”

Sound familiar? Most of us who are older misplace or forget things from time to time and joke about having “senior moments” but when the problem becomes chronic, it is not a laughing matter.