I think we all expect and accept that we will have a few problems with our short-term memory as we get older. I remember sitting with a group of running friends when we were all in our forties and fifties, talking about "what's her name?". We all knew whom we were talking about, but what was her name? "I think it begins with M" was my contribution. "Yes! Mary? Marie?" was one response. "Marianne?" " Melissa?" We eventually agreed that it was Maureen and sighed with relief that our memories weren't too bad.
But is it inevitable? Is there anything we can do to improve things?
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John and I didn't know much Spanish when we decided to move to a small Spanish town where hardly anybody speaks English. We go to Spanish lessons twice a week with four British friends who are all over the age of 60. We don't find it easy, and it is made more challenging by the fact that our Spanish teacher doesn't speak any English, but we agree that it is good to learn another language even at our advanced age.
So is it important to exercise your mind? I think it is just as important as exercising your body and it helps to stave off boredom when you are no longer working. Learn a new language. Do a crossword or other puzzle. If you want to watch TV then watch quiz shows and see if you can beat them. University Challenge anyone?