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Aging and the Mind

September 8, 2010

Our theme for September is “Finding Yourself at 50.” At the link to the left (Past Newsletters) you will find a printable poster for your workspace and the Summer edition of our quarterly magazine: Balanced Living.

A few years ago my Mom was in town visiting me. I specifically remember this visit because of our conversation at dinner one night. My mom and I were talking about getting older – one of those “it seems like just yesterday you were starting kindergarten” conversations. She then reluctantly stated, “And now I’m almost fifty.” I laughed, “Mom, you are not almost 50, you are only 45!” My mother and I are exactly 20 years apart, so at the time I thought to myself, “she can’t be almost 50 because that makes me almost 30!” She quickly replied, “Britney, I will be 47 next month, I am almost 50.” Then I stopped and did the math in my head knowing the year my mom was born. “No, mother, you are going to be 46!” We went back and forth until I pulled out her driver license and showed her. She looked at me like she had seen a ghost and sheepishly whispered, “I have been telling everyone the wrong age for at least two years.” Part of me wanted to laugh and part of me was concerned but I will definitely let her be 49 for as long as she wants (as long as I can be 29)!

Since then, I have noticed my Mom talk about her memory loss quite frequently. After speaking with professionals about this matter, I realize that this can be a very common occurrence the older we get. It’s so important to take care of your brain and this week’s communication offers important information on aging and the mind.

Read more on this topic here…
Britney Kirsch

Account Manager