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Finding Solutions for Forgetfulness; Use Laughter

Updated on November 2, 2015
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A medical background and interest in research created Audrey Selig's interest in writing about medical issues.

Onset of Forgetfulness

Finding solutions for forgetfulness is not an easy task for anyone, but they definitely do exist.The problems when people get older can make them feel like newlyweds again, coping with all the changes. The body is not what it used to be. Older people often say they wish they were young again and that the golden years are not that golden. Some examples of the problems they might face and possible answers shown here should help them on the road to success.

Walking is Great Exercise for Memory

Elderly Couple Walking on a Path
Elderly Couple Walking on a Path | Source

Humor Helps

Comical Pic called "Groovy Cranny"
Comical Pic called "Groovy Cranny"

Use laughter

Thermostat Issues

The worst part is when the brain starts to change, and forgetfulness and other issues of aging set in. The husband puts the thermostat on cool for just a few minutes, and one hour later, it is still on and the wife is freezing from poor circulation. Then, a decision must be made that takes forever, about whether to program it to automatic, so the same thing won’t happen again. The instructions aren’t clear, so the husband telephones the company for advice. Sometimes they use laughter at themselves in these situations.

Losing Things

His wife has two pairs of glasses, one pair around her neck, and the other for computer reading. The second pair is in a lost and found somewhere due to forgetfulness. The couple spend hours looking for that pair while she gets eyestrain and a bloody eye trying to work on the computer

Losing Spouse

He is supposed to tell her when he goes outside, but forgetfulness sets in, and she gets short of breath trying to find him. Then she finds out, after she is pooped out, that he forgot to tell her he was going to take a shower. That is one of the other issues of aging.

They are ready to go somewhere. She thinks he is already in the car, so she goes out and gets in and waits and waits and waits, and gets hot in the summer heat. He is somewhere outside doing a chore that he thought would only take a minute. On the other hand, he could be in the bathroom, as she perspires in the heat, wondering where he could be. She is not about to look everywhere for him.

Driving Problems

He was always a slow driver. All of a sudden, he gets on the interstate and revs up the car. going way beyond his normal driving speed limit but only a little over the actual speed limit.. She gets breathless and feels like she is flying without being in a plane. He says, “Isn’t this fun?” As she tries to get him to slow down, she decides it is not fun for her.

Relaxation Helps Memory

Couple Seated on Bench Near Water
Couple Seated on Bench Near Water | Source

Medication Issues

Medication can become a problem.His medication, including supplements, are set up for a whole week in little plastic containers. Her span of attention is decreasing from forgetfulness, so she fills her container by the day. By the time she fills it, she has forgotten what medicine she has taken that day. Her husband tries to teach her to fill the containers for a whole week, and sometimes does it himself when she cannot perform this task.

Yes, these are the golden years and issues of aging, but there are remedies for some of the issues. In addition, there are good times with the family, going out to eat, being glad to be alive, smelling the flowers, watching the birds, swimming in the pool, enjoying hobbies, and the companionship of the twilight years. Life is a series of changes, and the keys are flexibility and love for one another. Some people do not live to see the golden years, and this couple is among the fortunate.

The Notebook - Tender Story About Forgetfulness

The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook (2004)

Unforgettable movie based on a real story by Nicholas Sparks. The elderly will especially appreciate the tender love story from beginning to end -nominated for Academy Award

 

Forgetfulness and Medication

Medicine Bottle With Meds Spilling Out
Medicine Bottle With Meds Spilling Out

Finding Solutions to Issues of the Aging

Options are available for issues, as mentioned in the section on coping. These are some of the ways the elderly can help themselves or find someone to help with the problems .

Use cell phones to communicate your whereabouts to another,

especially if you have a large home or property. Always carry it with you to keep in touch A large horn or bell might be a second choice to locate someone who is outside.

Prevent problems with proper planning.

Plan the day to avoid stressful surprises. Put appointments on a calendar, especially doctor appointments.to prevent forgetfulness. Keep emergency numbers on the refrigerator with a magnet,

Avoid medication problems by placing daily pills in a container.

If someone has difficulty with this task, watch the person for several days to allow adjustment to the procedure. This may solve one of the issues of aging.

Work on forgetfulness-

A solution for the computer glasses might be to attach them to something at the computer and always leave them in that location. Placing items in specific places instead of just putting them somewhere can be helpful – a certain place for keys, purses, wallets, bills, checkbooks, and then write down where they are in case of forgetfulness. Keep any notes in a specific nearby place, including any notes to yourself about important issues that you never can remember.

Take a senior refresher course to help with any driving issues.

Take a brain test on the computer.

Keep busy with the challenge of the computer and hobbies to keep the brain alert.and avert forgetfulness. The computer program, Lumosity presents challenges in which the user determines which birds are flying the wrong way in a flock and completes words that start with certain letters.

Remain socially active

with an occasional visit to a senior citizen center and interact with friends and relatives.

Work out with small weights, stretch and walk several times a week to keep the body active.

Develop your sense of humor.

Join a laughter club or laughter yoga or read humorous books. Laugh with friends and relatives.

Keep doctor appointments

and follow directions about medication. Drink water and eat the recommended nutritious foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Consult a dietitian or nutritionist if needed.

Use relatives and your area-aging agency

for guidance,for forgetfulness and other issues of aging.

Keep yourself looking good.

Take care of your hair, makeup for women, skin, and clothing and keep yourself clean.

Eat Nutritious Foods.

Berries are good for the brain as are green leafy vegetables. A balanced diet can by worked out with a nutritionist

Conclusion

Too often in this life, people focus on the problems and not on finding the solutions for forgetfulness.. A little brainstorming and the use of laughter can take care of many issues. If the elderly cannot think of answers, they need help from others. The world would be a better place for humanity if everyone could extend a hand to help just one elderly person. In the words of Abraham J. Herschel “The affection and care of the old (person) is the true goldmine of a culture.”

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading my hub. I too have been scatterbrained my whole life and I know a lot of people like that. When you have a lot on your mind, it is difficult to remember. I often call it brain overload. Try taking some brain tests on the computer, and you might find you do well. I enjoy your hubs. I like your avatar name.

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      SmartAndFun 7 years ago from Texas

      I am 45 (soon to be 46) and I am sorry to say I have been forgetful my whole life. Now both my kids are that way, too. We're all just a little too laid back and spacey around here, I'm afraid! I shudder to think what I'll be like 20 or 30 years from now! (LOL Maybe 65 or 75 will bring maturity and improvement.) I don't mean to make light of aging, it's just that this article applies to my entire life!

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Elayne -Thank you for your comments on my hub. I guess we all have similar issues I am still working on mine. Happy writing.

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      Person of Interest 7 years ago from SoCal, USA

      A heartfelt and well written article. In my humble opinion this article lets people know that they are not alone.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Your article is a little too familiar to me. We are always looking for glasses and when we go out, one of us forgets to bring our cell phone so then we can't contact each other if we go different places - thanks for the tips - we will keep working on it. Golden years - I guess we are lucky to get this far, right!

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks joaniemb for the review of my hub. I am glad you could laugh about some of the writing. You really have to find humor in the ups and downs of life. Congratulations on 33 years of marriage. I will look for your hubs.

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      joaniemb 7 years ago from New York

      Great hub. Great read. I found myself chuckling as I read this, everything you said here is so true. Thanks for sharing.

      I have been married for 33 years have gone through empty nest syndrome, midlife crisis, and heading toward the golden years.

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Rochelle - You top me with 48 years. Congratulations on your success. I am glad that you already do all these things. You are probably healthy and have a good outlook. Thanks for sharing your comments.

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      Audrey Selig 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thank you mythbuster for the great comments. I hope that my tips help people. I love to write and will look for your hubs. I understand the stress part as it is hard to remember things when stressed.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      I'm thinking (having been married for almost 48 years) that you don't have to have a new spouse to experience many of these things.

      It's good that we are already following most of your tips.

      :-)

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I like the positive solution-based suggestions here, brakel2. Heck, I'm not in my golden years but when I am stressed, I have many of the same forgetfulness and organizational problems as you've highlighted here. I'm going to implement some of your suggestions, myself! Thanks for writing such a helpful hub.