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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
This blog relates to life observations before and after age 50. Basically how change is inevitable and affects the way we see things
When I Forget to Remember
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By Lori Broschat
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in ...
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This Side of 50
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in July 2014. I love to write and have some published works. Blogging is a hobby of mine and this will be my third blog. I have a grown daughter named Ashley who is a student and sometime resident of Devils Lake. I am a movie buff, an Anglophile, and I possess more books than I have time to read!
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Recently I have noticed that my ability to remember things is deteriorating.  I'm almost certain senility is just around the corner.  Lucky for me I'll probably walk right past it!  My grandparents had early dementia, so why shouldn't I?    Someone once told me their "forgotter" was working but their"" "rememberer" was stuck.  The trouble is, I only have memory problems about certain things, usually related to where I have left something.  I'm pretty good with movies and songs and books and remembering who did what in what year.  Ask me to find my keys and I'm at a loss, and the more I want to find them if I'm pressed for time, the harder time I have finding them.



The other day I was using a card from my wallet with information for my insurance coverage.  When I had to have it to call a provider's office it was nowhere to be found, even though I had it in my hands a moment before.  Ever have that feeling?  I settled for looking up a number on a website, and then resumed my search for my card.  I wasn't going down without a fight.  I lifted up all the papers around my table and rechecked my wallet.  Finally, there it was right on other counter where I left it, sitting on top of another piece of paper, which apparently inhibited me from noticing it.



I honestly wonder sometimes if I will fall victim to some quick and painless (hopefully) major stroke or aneurysm and it will be lights out.  More annoying is the fact that the older I get the more likely I am to decline in my useable memory.  It seems that every little bit of age-related inconvenience makes me realize that it really is all downhill after fifty!  So I have officially stopped counting birthdays.



I know you think I'm being dramatic for effect, but it all seems to easy when you're in your twenties.  You'll have all the time in the world to take care of yourself and practice proper skin care, floss your teeth, and watch what you eat.  My older sister used to chide me when I was younger and would eat whole pizzas or cartons of ice cream and tell me that some day it would catch up with me.  I believe that day was June 3rd, 1986.   One day it's all gone wrong and you are in the biggest mess you never expected to be in.



So, if you're reading this and you're between 21 and 40, please, please, for your own sake, heed my advice.  Start taking care of your skin, your fitness needs and practice memory training.  Listen to classical music,  Breath deeply.  Do whatever you have to do to be healthy as long as you can.  You can go down fighting!

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