Thinking patterns

I must admit, in an older age, I tend to think as fast or faster than when I was younger. 

I’m not sure if that is because I have more experience and observations, or if I’m just aware of more that needs to be done that I can’t get done in one day!

A few years ago I noted that a number of Alzheimer patients I met had been extensive readers and thinkers in their younger years.  I remember one particular example where this person awoke in the evening and had a pad of paper beside her bed.  Any time another thought appeared, she would jot it down.

Perhaps, and I say this without any great research or proven theories, old age needs to learn to think less.  In order to preserve our mental capabilities, the less responsibility we assume, the better. 

Of course, we recognize this as a society.  We have succession plans for businesses, and we have thing called “retirement” that is designed to slow us down.

The real question, though, is how do we make this a part of our lives?  Other research tells us that we should be exercising our minds more as we get older.  Where and what is the happy medium?

One of those extra thoughts that popped into my head this morning.  Is that a good or a bad thing??

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