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How's Your Memory? (Alzheimer's/Dementia)
by Jerry Aragon Ph.D (Phunny humor Doctor)   
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Last edited: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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At the age of 67 in 2012, I have never had a good mememory. That's because of the headaches I've suffered for the better part of my life. Migraines for over a decade, that almost left me homeless.

When I was eleven years old, I suffered a neck and upper spine injury at a picnic up in the mountains, and from that point forward, I have suffered from headaches, high-blood pressure and nose bleeds, etc. 

I have batteled high blood pressure for over 40 years, and I felt I would never make it to age 55; or age 60; or age 65...but, here I am at age 67, refusing to kick the bucket. 

People who have good memories, do well in school.  I never did well in school because I've never had a good memory.  I was never the fastest horse in the race; nor the sharpest knife in the drawer.  I was always the slowpok in the class.  I remember when I took my real estate exam, I was the last one to finish the test, and it took me about three hours. 

Recently, in 2012, I had to do a little project, that was going to test my memory...and, I wasn't sure if I wanted to know about my memory or not. 

As of March, 2012, I have about 330 articles on hand, and I wanted to make a copy of all of them.  Many of these articles, I wrote out of my head, and I have no copy on Word or anyplace else...except at Authors Den, where all my articles are posted. 

Because my printer was not working, I had to go to a local Community College down the street to do the printing.  It took me about 4 hours on two weeks to do the far as getting about 260 articles printed.  That left me with about 70 to print.  On the main article listing at Authors Den, I checked off all the articles I had printed.  The articles that were not printed, were placed on a list of 35 article titles on both sides of one sheet. 

Now, came the time to use my memory.  I looked at both sides of the articles list, and memorized what I could.  That way, when I scrolled down the main list online, I would have to spot the articles I needed...or else I would have do to it over and over again, until I got all the 70 articles checked off.  All of the articles on the list were in alphabetical order, so it made it easy to find the article in question. 

Now, came the test of memory for me.  As I scrolled down the list, I came upon what I thought was the first article on the list.  I checked the list in my hand...and to my surprise, I got the first article...opened it up...and saved it, and it went to the top of the main list.  I continued to scroll down the list, and stopped when I thought I had found another article...checked the alphabetical list in my hand...and sure enough, I had found my second article.  I opened it up, too, and saved it and the piece went to the top of the list. 

By doing this, all 70 articles would be at the top of the articles list, and when I went to the Community College, I could just go down the list of the first 70 articles, and print them all. 

I was astonished at what happened over the next hour.  Article after article...was picked out of the main list and was opened and saved and was added to the top of the list.  For over an hour, I successfully picked out ALL the articles...opened them all...and saved them all, and all of them were now at the tip of the list.  I was astonished that I did this on the first try, and that my memory had done so well.  I was expecting to do about 6 or 7 scrolls to get them all, but I did them all...the first time...a list of 70...and I couldn't be more pleased! 

Sadly, so many people die of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, including my grandmother in the 1960's.  Many public figures have died of Alzheimer's including President Reagen. 

I know what dementia looks up close and personal, because when I was a patient in the VA Medical Center in 2005, there was another patient who had dementia.  The nurse told me that he was 48 years old, with a mind of a two year old.  He had to be bathed and fed by the nursing staff.  I felt so sorry for him!  He was only on the ward for about two weeks, and he was then moved to a permanent institution.  I wrote an article about him, and I keep the article in front of me, in my homw office, so I can remember him on a daily basis...about just how bad life can be.  I will never forget this person as long as I live, and I will pray for him...The article is entitled,

Remembering Manuel...

Some people have been dealt such an awful hand in life...and on the other hand, some people are so selfish, greedy, and only think about themselves! 

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Now days Alzheimers can even strike younger people. It seemsdto know no age limit. Some times it's inherited as in my family. I personally think that the ferlilizers used in the soil, pesticides, food preseritives,growth hormones metal and alumium cans have an affect on us. We all eat fruits / vegetables grown from some where and who knows what has been added to them. Our water could be contaimnated ect ect. I was a nurse many years and saw the devastation the illness can cause in a person and family. I helped care for my grandfater when I was 15 and saw him slowly decline and die.. The article you wrote is heartbreaking , but a part of real life . Cudos for you!....M
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