FIRST OF FOUR PARTS

Is a cure all on the horizon that will make us live forever? Some researchers says YES.

Does it bother you as much as it bothers me that as we age our short-term memory isn’t working as well as it did so many years ago? Barb, my wife, as well as so many others over the age of 50 go through the same problem of memory loss. Barb and I get so unsettled with each other and more times than not when we put something down for a second it seems to move right out of sight.

I’ve spent more than a few hours trying to figure out where I put something down before the brain finally decides to let me know where it is. It’s the same thing with our speech: All of a sudden we’re having a nice conversation then, out of nowhere, I have a brain freeze. With me it’s a little embarrassing when the person you’re talking to starts to fill in the blanks for you.

 So, since this seems to be a common malady especially for us seniors, I went online and found this program on “The Aging Brain” to see just if there is anything to really worry about or better yet, is there anything that can be done to restore our aging brain back about when I was about 30 or 40 years old.

Let me get serious for a moment. I’ve made light of a serious condition about the aging brain. This program I found has serious answers that, if I were you, I’d be trying to get a copy.

I have viewed all 12 lectures and found them easy to watch and listen to and extremely informative. This is not a college internship course but written for the lay person, be it a senior in high school or a senior citizen.

The lecturer of this program is Dr. Thad Polk. He is a psychologist from the University of Michigan. The course given is not designed for use as medical references but for anyone who wants to know a little more about the brain and the mind. The DVD has 12 lectures of about 30 minutes each and comes with a course guidebook (118 pages). If any reader would want the address where to purchase, please respond to my email address and I will send you all the information. Do not contact The Walton Tribune directly, as the staff does not have that information.

Of course, my disclaimer:  My opinions are based on my own experiences acquired by years of learning various educational and noneducational methods and are for entertainment only. 

Here are some of the topics I will be writing about as follows: “The Aging Mind: What Changes, Why Don’t We Live Forever, Aging and Brain Structure, Aging and the Brain Function, Strategies for an Aging Memory.”

In the heading I pose a question: Is a cure all on the horizon that will make us live forever? In the DVD, Dr. Polk discusses the possibility that stem cell research has already found a way to use a stem cell without killing the cell itself.  Thus: These cells which come from the donor can be used only for the donor. But Dr. Polk informs us don’t look for it to happen in this century. 

Since I can’t put a DVD in the column not everything visual can be posted here. So to make these next few articles interesting and informative I will write a “Reader’s Digest”-style article to help you to see in your mind what I saw on the DVD. I hope this will be beneficial to the readers. 

Next week: What are the changes in an aging mind? 

Nicholas Harmon is a Walton County resident and a correspondent for The Walton Tribune. Online: nicholasharmoncolumnist.com.

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