As I continue to become older – I too am becoming more forgetful – I too increase in memory loss.
It is not just the daily forgetfulness but also the forgetfulness of the memories. Those memories of the distant past are forgotten until a reminder brings them back or the reminder reminds me that the memory is gone and not to be remembered again.
There is very good information on the internet about forgetfulness, memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. At my current age of 55 I do not believe I fit into the Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease categories. My forgetfulness and loss memories I believe are the natural progression of aging. Yes I am aware my drinking habit does not help – I am sure the alcohol is killing brain cells.
thepeakperformancecenter.com has an article that explains the way information is encoded in our brain affects the ability to remember it. If not encoded affectively, we will likely forget to remember it. It goes on to say information may also be forgotten simply because we have not thought about it in a long time.
So it is not that I am just forgetful in the definition of the word – I am losing the ability to remember my memories.
If you follow my continuing posts ‘Thoughts From Years Past’, the words I wrote 11 years ago. I thought I had lost this documentation and was happy to find it when looking a couple of months ago for other documentation I have not found – yet! When I read this documentation I wrote in 2004, it brought back memories I had forgotten about. Some of these memories of events in my life were significate and I thought to myself “How could I have forgotten that?” Interesting how the filing of memories works sometimes. So these memories that came back to me when reading my documents were still filed away in my brain and needed a reminder to be retrieved again. I guess this is why we have pictures and videos and mementos and diaries and documentation; to help retrieve the forgotten memories.
I am thankful the memories are still there, though I wish they were not forgotten memories.
And though I am forgetting some memories and will continue to forget memories – I want to say thanks for the memories.