Another story I heard was about a family who was cleaning out their garage that had been getting piled up for over a period of maybe ten years. As the job was coming to a close they happened on an old shoebox in the farthest corner of the room, buried beneath everything else on the floor. Intrigued and curious about the box, they removed the lid to find hidden within, $5,000! They hadn’t a clue who put it there or why! Chances are the person who put it there didn’t remember either or they would have claimed it!
Have you ever put something away for safe keeping, and you can’t remember where that “special” place is? I admit to doing this more times than I care to count! In fact there are a set of keys to one of our cars which I simply can’t remember where I placed! It's been months! We have searched and searched and finally gave up. I suspect, at the least expected time and in the least expected place, they will turn up---probably after we no longer have that car!
The other thing I seem to do occasionally is to go into a room and forget what I went in for! So what is all this loss of memory thing? Believe it or not it doesn’t have to be age related! It can be from medications, smoking or even fatigue, stress and anxiety.1 I know the fatigue thing! When I get overly tired, it seems my brain just simply shuts down. I’ve been known to say, “I just get stupid!” Things I naturally do every day, seem lost to my mind. I seem totally unable to process in the right order! I mix things up (like putting butter in the cupboard instead of the refrigerator or putting socks in the trash instead of the hamper!) When I get like this my family (and I) recognize what I need more than anything else, is to catch up on some lost sleep!
In the cases where medication, smoking, fatigue, stress and anxiety are the culprits for memory loss, there is good news! There are ways to improve memory once again. You can change your medications (talk with your doctor first!), stop smoking, get rest, address your stress and anxiety, and take a good look at your diet! Sometimes changing your diet to include high quality proteins can help make a difference.
It’s also good to know memory loss does not have to be part of the aging process! Our brain, like the rest of our body has the ability to continually make and create new cells. But again, it’s related to our lifestyle, health, daily habits, and the genuine effort to actively use our brain processes which will help slow down memory loss.2 So I challenge you to "challenge" your brain! Put it to work on something a little tougher than usual! You might actually be delaying the "memory loss thing!"