Do any of you play Words with Friends? I am absolutely addicted to this word game, which I play on my phone. Each morning after my shower, I sit on the couch and play the 10-15 games I have going. I sip my coffee and pet my animals and truly, it’s a lovely way to greet the day. During my school day, I can’t wait for a free minute to play a word or two, and lately, at night, I’ve been dreaming I’m playing. Last night I dreamed I played the word “sofa” for 120 points! This game is supposed to be good for maintaining healthy brain function and increasing memory skills. A good player will be able to quickly find words in a jumble of letters, which is called anagramming. Scientists have studied expert Scrabble players by examining MRI images while they are playing, and studies show that the expert Scrabble players are using different parts of their brains than non-expert Scrabble players and are strengthening areas of the brain associated with working memory. I’m so happy to be addicted to a game that is actually good for my old noggin! (Read more about it here.)
In general, I feel like my brain is keeping up with me quite well, but every once in awhile I can’t recall the name of an actor, even though I can see his face quite clearly in my head. Or the name of a movie or book escapes me. It usually comes to me later in the day, but it’s a frustrating feeling. More embarrassing is telling the same stories twice to the same person. I’m especially guilty of this with Hubby, but in my defense, I talk to SO MANY PEOPLE during the day that I can’t remember whom I’ve told what! I try to be entertaining and interesting and am always happy when someone cuts me off and says, “You already told me.” I also have incredibly vivid dreams, so it works the other way sometimes, in that I’ve dreamed that I told Hubby something and in waking life, I’ve never told him. You know, just little things like we have company coming for dinner Friday, or my sister will be staying the night next Tuesday. Lucky for me, after all these years, Hubby is used to my crazy ways!
The little lapses in memory do worry me, and lately I’ve been wondering what kind of old person I will be. I want to be the nurturing, wise old grandma that always has banana bread baking in the oven and potato soup bubbling on the stove and time to listen to every story (like my Grandma Summers). I’m so worried that I’ll be the embarrassing grandma with Turret’s Syndrome that shouts out things like, “PENIS!” at family dinners, or picks her nose or farts in public. I’ve heard of elderly people who take their clothes off at the grocery store, or insist on watching the same tv series over and over again (and for me will it be Gilmore Girls, New Girl, or How I Met Your Mother?). Will I stop bathing and get that old-person moldy smell? Will I shuffle around the neighborhood wearing my bedroom slippers and bathrobe leading a chihuahua named Honey?
Well! I’ve gotten myself quite worked up thinking about my future, so I’d better stop here and take a deep breath . . . and I’m pretty sure there’s a new word to be played. If anyone wants to play WWF with me, message me, and I will send you my Zynga code name!