I visit my 96-year old grandmother on the weekends in the nursing home. Her mind was sharp until about 5 years ago — now she has trouble finding her words. Not sure whether it’s Alzheimer’s or dementia, at this stage in her life it makes no difference.
I often wonder whether my mind will stay sharp as long as hers has, since I always had occasional trouble finding my words, especially when distracted or tired — a constant source of amusement for my family. Not particularly surprising, as I have little practice expressing myself: I am an introvert and a listener, and rarely communicate at length. But I did notice that when I joined a mailing list and started expressing my ideas more often, that I improved — much in writing, and even a bit orally.
So this blog is a way for me to practice expressing myself. I plan to contribute something on the days I am not overly busy — wonder how long that will last…
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