I’ve said this far more often in the last few years than in the previous forty! Regrettably, friends, it’s not just after a few (a lot) glasses of wine. The mind is not as sharp as it once was. I’ve admitted it – I’m growing old.
There’s so much in the literature explaining how to keep our bodies healthy and comparatively so little about keeping our minds healthy. But recent research studies have shown that regular exercise can improve memory function and possibly slow down development of dementia and other age related brain disorders. I’ve witnessed the despair caused by Alzheimer’s to both patients and carers and it ain’t pretty. How frightening it must be for the patient to go shopping and forget the way home. For the carer, the burden of responsibility can be overwhelming and often with long term implication for their own health. I don’t want to be either.
I remind myself of this on the mornings I don’t want to get out of bed to do my Zumba and yoga. I threaten my parents that I will make a terrible carer in an attempt to keep them moving. I think it’s working – My Mum has agreed to go shopping for a yoga mat.