Beating the Brain Drain

Since we’ve moved into our new neighborhood, I’ve met more people than the first day in a new school. But unlike my school days, I’m finding it much more challenging to remember everyone’s names.

In our little cul-de-sac alone there are Bob and Sue, and Bob and Karen. There’s  Jim and Mary Ellen, and Jim and Darlene, and Jim and Marilyn (I kid you not). There’s Kevin and Karen, and Roger and Fran. Roberta and Bill. Ned and Elaine.

You get the picture. All of it reminding me (again!) that I’m not as young as I once was, and my brain no longer works as efficiently as it once did.

I’ve read a lot recently about the ways we can keep our brains in shape, and I’ve been happy to learn that many of them are already part of my daily life.

Brain boot camp, I call it.

You can read more about it here at Medium.



5 thoughts on “Beating the Brain Drain

  1. Becca,
    One of the reasons we’d like to move is to expand our circle of friends who have similar interests. We live in a neighborhood filled with young families. I know I’ll have a problem with names. I play word association games that help me remember. I jumped over to Medium and checked out the Brain Boot Camp. Very interesting and informative. I’ll increase my coffee and try to be more consistent about my meetings with Leslie Sansone. Thanks.

  2. I had similar thoughts when I read the part about coffee. After seeing Shawn’s grandfather, a sharp, funny World War II veteran who received a Purple Heart, suffer from dementia before he died, I agree that there’s only so much we can do. But as a women in my late 30s, raising small children, I am aware of the fatigue and brain fog that paralyzes me sometimes… and I know I can help my cause today by getting more rest, drinking more water, exercising, writing… and grabbing another cup of coffee. I really like the quote about mindfulness, and starting by being the purpose we want to be, and feeling the way we want to feel. And then, we let our lives unfold as it will.

  3. I’m OK with names if I meet them one or two at a time; I still have trouble with the guy across the street. I used to work on a floor with Jane P., Jane L. Jayne with a Y, Judy, Jeanie and Beany. (And Mike. Poor Mike.) It was hard for newcomers!

  4. After chemo I definitely suffered with “chemo brain” for awhile. It passed but every now and then I’m stumped on something — a name, a word I’m looking for. I realize that it comes with aging but every now and then I like to pull out the old “chemo brain” excuse…it makes me feel “somewhat” better!! lol!! 🙂

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