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My friend, who is an acupuncturist (and our age), tells me that the menopausal flight of words always starts with nouns. She put it this way: "During menopause, women lose nouns."

Basically we will be able to describe walking towards, hiking sweatily up, pushing full bellies away from, flinging ourselves onto, and collapsing in a hot-flash-fueled faint down on...but we won't be able to name the thing to which we are referring.

Just something to keep us (and our partners) amused in our dotage.


When they test for dementia or Alzheimers they ask you to remember three words. I think one is table so be ready. :) My mom went years ago at the beginning of her dementia/alzheimers and the three objects were screwdriver, match and I can't remember the third. This was 10 years ago. I felt good for many years as I remembered them but just now that third one escapes me (maybe it was table).

dick wolfson

I recently had a conversation with a childhood friend, Gary Small M.D. ( director of the UCLA Center on Aging and the real life Doogie Howser-the guy is absolutely brilliant). Commenting on Paul McCartney recently forgetting a lyric, Gary opines as follows:
But for the average aging Baby Boomer like Sir Paul, middle-aged pauses and senior moments do not necessarily mean that rapid mental decline is inevitable. The risk for Alzheimer's disease is only about 10 percent for people age 65 or older. Misplacing keys or struggling to find a word is what we all joke about as we age. Sure, our memory abilities are not quite what they were when we were in our 20s, but age-associated memory impairment is an expected and quite common experience of aging. Approximately 85 percent of people 65 years or older complain that they often recognize a face but can't recall the name that goes with it.

As the conversation progressed,I was relieved when Gary couldn't remember all of the cute girls I recalled from Grant and Van Nuys. He laughed,"and I'm the memory guy". So rest easy, enjoy the restaurant and only eat in places that have stand up dining, no tables.



It's titles that kill me. I haven't gotten a book or movie title right in five years. And my kids are merciless about it. I remember thinking old people were so lame because they always called movies and TV shows by the wrong name--and here I am doing it. And I am, indeed, lame.


God I love you.

Valli Sugden

It's like you are in my head! Now don't worry, I am not some creepy stalker, I am just amazed how our thoughts and experiences are paralleling each other. Your blog manages to deliver comfort and a whole lot of laughs, all in one fell swoop! Thanks.

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