These days, my husband and I find ourselves relying on each other to finish each other's sentences as we trip over words lodged in the dark recesses of our memory. The power of two is more likely to fill a stalled sentence's void.
Most baby boomers think of ageism as something that happens to them. A younger boss thinks they're too old to learn a new technology. They're ignored in a store. A doctor speaks to the adult daughter accompanying them to a doctor's office rather than to the older person whose health is actually the purpose of that visit.
Here we go again, our five-year-old granddaughter Lucia and I, playing together and getting all physical. You name it, we'll do it: skip through a park, climb hills in her backyard, jump over puddles along the sidewalk, wrestle on the floor. And that's only a single morning. Soon I'll be ready for a long nap.
As we age, our brains become less malleable, and some areas of the brain shrink in size and lose volume. Normal aging alters the brain and its performance, affecting the ability to remember names and words, limiting attention span and impacting the ability to perform everyday tasks.