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Senior Moments: All activity is good for the brain

Emma Edwards
Thursday, March 7, 2019

I recently read an advertisement from an exterminator that reminded us “March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs.” I guess one could call that nature’s definition of synchronization.

That same bug company says this is the reason: “Cold air is sitting in the north while warm air is coming in from the south. When these winds collide, things get emotional, and March throws a windy, gusty tantrum.” It makes sense to me, but what do I know?

In case you need a reminder, today (March 1) is National Pig Day, which recognizes and gives thanks for domesticated pigs. Reportedly, pigs are clever and intelligent animals. But most people are unaware of their high level of intelligence.

They can be taught to do tricks. Some people keep them as pets. “This is a day to give pigs the respect that they deserve.” I’m not sure whether that means we should boycott the local Pig'n Pancake restaurants on this day or honor the pigs by going there?

Prime Rib doesn’t have pork in it, does it?

Back to the weather. I think many seniors are ready for warmer days. I also think we older people, when questioned, are more likely than younger people to say we value our time. I, for one, am not bored easily. We find things to do!

I like to tell people that I'm old enough to make my own decisions, but not young enough to remember what I decided. Most seniors know how to maintain good health, which includes nutritious food, exercise and being social.

I realize exercise is important, but I prefer to exercise my brain. It’s not all about walking or calisthenics.

Some of us enjoy crafts like crocheting, knitting and needlework or painting, sculpting or taking pictures. Reading is high on my list. Believe it or not, all those activities are said to improve health. And even the over-80 age group enjoys dancing.

Then there is gardening and golfing. Both require bending, stretching and other motor skills.

It’s said that calmness comes from both golfing and gardening as they require fresh air, sunshine and problem-solving. Knowing what plant to put near another and monitoring the weather is an important gardening skill. In golf, learning to position the ball correctly uses the brain and not just muscles. Golf has an added social aspect as does gardening (talking with neighbors over the back fence).

That reminds me, in looking at special March dates, I see that Ash Wednesday is March 6 (Lent begins that day) and another important date is Sunday, March 10, when Daylight Savings Time begins.

On that day, we witness another amazing synchronization of time pieces being manually reset. Then there is St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17.

One more: Don’t forget that Wednesday, March 20, is the first day of spring.

Be encouraged and encouraging! And remember, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford


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