My cousin showed up at my house looking worried.
“What’s the matter?”
“I can’t remember my wife’s name! What should I do?”
“I suggest you start calling her pet names, like Honey, My Love, Sweetheart, etc. until you can recall her name.”
My cousin looked quizzical.
“Also, the other day, I went to the store and forgot what I went for!”
“Senior moments, my friend, after all you’re over sixty!”
My cousin had a frightened expression now.
“I’m not getting dementia, am I?”
“Calm down, cousin, and take a Prozac!”
“I’m all out of those, I’ll take an aspirin instead.”
“You’re not getting dementia. What’s happening is your memory is changing! Info is processed slower and recall is slower.”
“Is that normal?”
“Yes, it’s part of the aging process. Slightly slower processing leads to awareness, because of aging, allows us to see and understand things better.”
“Oh cousin, you make it sound so good! So, the changes in memory that we have to adapt to, are bothersome but not debilitating.”
“You’ve got it, cousin! Things that came naturally to you, now you must concentrate more on them, that’s why learning new things now takes more effort.”
My cousin turned to leave and as he was walking out the door, he said:
“Life must go on, but I forgot WHY!”