As I near 50 (OMG!) I'm finding things are easier to forget and harder to remember.

Is this a natural part of my brain age or can I help prevent it.

Since we are the sum of our memories, I'm scared to death of losing mine (and for once on this site, I'm deadly serious!)

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I find both happening. I'm 59 now and for the last year or two have noticed that it is harder for short-term memory to work correctly. Where are the keys? What was I going to do? It feels like my memory is more easily distracted, or rather, my mind is more easily distracted, with the next thing and remembering the last thing slips by the board.

Part of my blogging is to put down some memories for my kids to have so I have been more consciously plumbing the depths. I've also connected with high school classmates on Facebook and that is probably triggering things even though we don't ever discuss anything from the olden days.
I went to my 35th last summer and one of the girls from the beautiful crowd was reflecting on a party at her house at the lake and saying wasn't that a blast Rick we had so much fun there junior and senior year. The funny thing was I never hung out with them, I had a job as a short order cook after school and weekends my junior year and a machinist helper my senior year I was never invited so I know my memory was good for those years, but damn I couldn't for the life of me remember where I put my airline tickets for the return trip home. LOL
I fell on my head, had a traumatic brain injury, and had a number of memory issues for a while. I did a number of "brain exercises" which included deductive reasoning and learning things by rote (putting my keys in the same place, etc). This was obviously a bigger problem than what you're discussing, but it really helped me. Interestingly enough, while I would forget things as soon as I left the room ( ... where was I going?), I would remember things from High School and Middle School like they were yesterday. Getting on Facebook and Classmates.com also helped. I really think the "Use it or lose it" rule is true.
Seems to be. I find a week or so spent hanging around the Nexus is helping me enormously: although not with memory - rather in honing my intellect which is another thing I've found slipping from my grasp.
Not yet. I'm seeing other effects. One of the more amusing ones is the tendency for my pattern match systems grab onto the wrong thing. Mel's current avatar, for example, looked like a hard rocking man - when it was actually a Sarah Connor from Terminator II; Felix's reminded me instantly of Douglas Adams. The larger versions of both instantly cleared up the discrepancy, but it's easy to see how religious people see Jebus in doors and Mary in pastries.
Yeah. That's a classic version of the effect.
It looks more like the Mona Lisa.
I have thought that Synesthesia (which takes many forms) might explain why some people see auras; of course, they could also be lying or deluded.

I love the one about the guy who said the Thanksgiving didn't sound right: because his synethesia connected sounds and smell.
My wife said to me the other night, "use a calculator" and I said I have one it's called a pencil.
Marc, along the lines of reading and doing crossword puzzles, I've found competitive Scrabble helps immensely with memory. Or something like Word Twist on Facebook. These games force you to remember long lists of words AND more importantly, be able to recall them on demand. These games, and similarly crossword puzzles, are not like reading because you are memorizing patterns. For example, there about 1540 legal letter words in Scrabble and I might know the definitions of 3/4 of them. The other 350 or so words are merely patterns of letters.

The other question I have for the group is whether the various ginsengs, omega-this, lycine-that drinks have any clinical benefit. I've never investigated any of those claims but it seems pertinent to the discussion.

Cheers,
I figured it was crap but never took the time to look into it myself. Thanks for the links and such, I'll do a bit of reading on the state of the snake oil industry. ;)

Cheers,
Just be careful what you write about them... Simon Singh is having a hell of a time.

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