Viewing posts from: April 2015
Posted on: April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Not too long ago, I was leaving Walmart, groceries in hand, when I realized I had no idea where I had parked my car. Doing what I do for a living, I immediately went to, “This is the beginning of memory loss.” However, after taking a deep breath, I remembered that I’d been talking on my phone while parking and entering the store, so I hadn’t been attentive to my environment. I still didn’t know where my car was, but at least I had a decent explanation why not.So, with the thought that dementia wasn’t imminent, I began going through the parking lot, aiming my clicker at each aisle until I heard the beep of the horn and saw my lights flashing. We all have moments like this. And really, in such instances, it is not a lack of memory, but a lack of purposeful attention to our environment that causes the inability to recall the needed information. Your memory doesn’t work in isolation -- it’s an intricate process involving multiple parts of the brain working together.