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Old age and mental attitude

March 10, 2010 at 7:44am

Having just spent two days in the company of someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's I've come to acquire new respect for the 'blessing' of good mental health in old age.
It's really frightening to see the lack of understanding and vagueness on the one hand and the easy irascibility on on the other. I wonder if keeping one's mind alert and on a constant quest for learning with conscious effort to control flashes of temper helps in any way.
Does old age have to be a slow decline into illness and decrepitude or can one truly enjoy a positive level of health and will keeping one's mind active with constant new learning and logical discussion stave off the onset of dementia for a bit longer?
We know a couple who've been married for 70 years, he's 93, she just 90 and she's now had to take to her bed with severe movement disability and increasing mental debility. That sounds like a good innings especially that he's still in reasonable health apart from deafness, but to me the idea of a real decline to the point of being a broken shadow of your former self seems a little frightening.
I certainly don't like the idea of becoming that way at just 70, when otherwise good health could keep you in a haze of what is almost insanity and an extreme burden on your caretakers for a good few years.
i guess what I'm trying to say is that when we are still relatively young, it is so important to take care of a working brain and to keep the body in as good a state of health as possible to prevent the ugliness that is possible from taking hold of you.

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March 9, 2010 at 3:28am

One of the things that I really miss about living far away from my friends and family is that I don't get to see them very often. Where most people have their kids living nearby and over for dinner at least once a week, I have to be content with emails and visits once a year. But on the other hand, I get to fly up to visit them too and I do that twice a year, so I shouldn't complain. Not everyone gets to take a flight just for fun as often as I do.
So today I'm rather pleased; my sister who is also a good friend is down here on holiday visiting her children and as part of her trip, I get her staying with me for a day or two.
It's funny how, when we are children, we see our siblings as combatants for our parents' attention; then as we get older and build lives of our own, they become friends and we enjoy the time we have with them. This was really brought home to me when our eldest sister died of breast cancer 10 years ago. Now those of us that are left try to enjoy the time we have to spend with each other and are more friends than sisters but special friends who have a common bond.
So today and tomorrow I'll have my sister visiting me with her husband. We'll watch TV together, enjoy some pleasant conversation and our common interest in our computers, and talk about whatever is happening in our lives before she leaves again to visit another child, then home again.
And then in two weeks, it's a holiday weekend in South Africa with a visit from my son and his lovely wife to look forward to.

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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards - The Oscars

March 8, 2010 at 5:32am

As I usually do on Oscar night, I went to bed early, so I could be up to watch the live broadcast at 3 a.m.
I love movies and we usually get to a lot of the movies just before or just after the awards when they come to our local movie house.
I find with the awards nowadays that there are just too many of them. It seems that once the Emmy's are done in the American autumn, it is a non-stop runaround of award ceremonies and that by the time the big one comes around in early March, everybody is heartily sick of the red carpet outfits and the trite thank-yous.
And last night was no different. I suppose everyone should've seen it coming with 10 movies being nominated in the middle of a war just as 10 were nominated in 1943 in the middle of a war and a war movie won. And then when Barbara Streisand came out to present the Best Director award, it was a no-brainer. James Cameron's ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow was going to be the winner, and the Best Director's movie is usually the one that wins. So The The Hut Locker was going to win, making James Cameron's previous successes with the 'other' movie a little empty.
I think that Avatar deserved the big prize. Surely the highest earning movie ever is the best movie of the year no matter that The Hurt Locker was all politically correct in it's Iraq War theme. Politics should not be a part of the entertainment industry, which is also why i was pleased that Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress award and not the young woman whose outstanding performance in Precious got her nominated, but in my opinion, giving her the win would've been more about the political aspect of the movie than Bullock's far better performance in her movie.
It's all history now and there are lots of movies to look forward to in the new contenders for the next round of awards, with Alice in Wonderland's special effects and Stephen Fry's brilliant performance as the Cheshire Cat definitely the ones to watch for next year.

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I did a silly thing yesterday

March 7, 2010 at 3:28am

I'm usually so careful about protecting my home against invasion, but then yesterday, because it was a very pleasant cool day, I opened the windows behind my desk which I don't do when the air conditioning is on. And then, I forgot to close them.
About a half hour ago, the dogs woke us up and they were anxious to rush out to attack whatever it was that disturbed them and now I'm feeling a little paranoid that some nosy potential thief opened my curtain behind my desk and saw my computer setup and will now be plotting about how to break in to take it away from me. How stupid can I be? I hate living like this, having to worry that even an open window is unsafe.
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Using the blog function

March 6, 2010 at 5:23am

Clicking on a user's name brings you to the user's profile page where you can also read their blog, this is a nice feature because it makes the profile page look more like a personal website rather than merely a 'profile' a very clever idea that Lesa and Thor have put together. What this means is that if you give your blog url to friends who are not Runboard members to read, they will have to become Runboard members in order to comment and that way you'll bring more members to Runboard.
It's an excellent idea. In the meantime. I don't have much other than that to say today, so I'll log off with links to where my the replies to my blog may be read and another one to allow a reply to my blog.
Thank you for reading.

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