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Flexing Your Memory Muscles

For example, recall what your "spouse to be" was doing and wearing the very first time you met. Regardless of your age, you can probably remember this easily. On the other hand, if you have been married for 35 years, you may not remember what your spouse was wearing this morning when you left the house. You may momentarily forget your own phone number because you never call yourself. You remembered your spouse's birthday every year for a while. Then there were the children's birthdays to remember, then the grandchildren's. Today, you still remember your spouse's birthday. It simply takes a little longer because other birthdays have also become important.

Usually, for those over age 50, the speed at which you can recall information slows down a bit. All this means is that it may take a 60-year-old a few seconds longer to respond to a question or recall something as simple as a telephone number.

Most likely, if you received an A for the last history course you took in college 35 years ago, you can still take a college history course today and earn an A. The ability is still there. However, if you were one of the first to complete the final history exam in college, at age 55 you may be one of the last to complete the same exam. But you can still earn an A.

The adage that you are never too old to learn is true. Your brain is still functional, even though your auditory or visual mechanism may have detriorated a bit. Your ability to recall information is still there, too. It may simply have slowed down by a few seconds with age.

As an adult learner, you can stay sharp, learn and have a good memory. You may simply have to coax or massage your memory a little more.