Memory Loss: Brain Exercises Are Not Helping Me!
Ever since I reached my mid to late 40s, my short term memory and the ability to retrieve words has been dwindling. If it wasn't for the fact that almost all my friends are having the same problem, I would really be worried. However, knowing that this is a normal part of aging does not make this condition any less frustrating.
When my memory problem first began rearing its ugly head, I did what I always do when I confront something new. I read anything and everything I could about it. One recommendation that kept coming up was to exercise your brain. Great, another type of exercise I should be doing.
However, when I learned what exercising your brain entailed, I was surprised that I even had memory problems. Everything that I read suggested that I should play games, learn new things and keep my brain busy. At the time my memory problems began I was working as a research and reference librarian at a law school. I helped students, lawyers and professors with legal research. Every question was different. I was constantly using my brain to try to solve the question of how to find each answer. I also was addicted to crossword puzzles and Sudodu and spent a great deal of time reading both books, magazines and blogs each day. However, instead of improving, my memory, especially the ability to retrieve the correct words while speaking, continued to deteriorate.
In the last year or two, I left that job, moved and began blogging. I had to use my brain to learn many new skills. I've also switched to different games, such as the Wurdle application on my iPhone (just like Boggle) which I am addicted to. No help yet again, although I do love blogging and Wurdle.Continued on the next page