Improve Your Memory!

By Doug Mayberry

June 15, 2015 4 min read

Improve Your Memory!

Q. I understand that in my 70s it is normal to often forget things on a temporary basis, but within a short time our brains find the right file cabinet. On the flip side, there are memories I would like to forget, such as my son's first marriage, but that is impossible.

Everyone I know, including many younger individuals, willingly admits to their brownouts. Can you list a few encouraging techniques that could be helpful for me?

A. There are no quick fixes, but I hear these suggestions.

1. Gum chewing helps.

2. Other individuals squeeze and rotate their wrists.

3. Listen carefully, and should you not understand a name, ask them to repeat it.

4. Drinking lots of water works.

5. Print out on index cards information you desire to retain and review it


6. Crossword puzzles and other brain games are winners.

7. Exercise WORKS. Schedule yours and NO SKIPPING.

8. Seize your moments. Slow down, and meditate.

Knowing we all face memory lapses, give these some thought!


Q. In our retirement community I have been elected as president of our garden club. I have never been president of anything. I am expected to make a speech at my installation month. I am scared, nervous and even laughingly told myself that I would be off the hook if I resigned before I took over the responsibility. Actually I am excited and looking forward to becoming president because I am passionate about plants. Can you share some thoughts to calm me down?

A. First, relax, because you are obviously among friends who share a common interest and are eager beavers to learn of new species and successful growing techniques.

Open your talk by thanking members for honoring you with their votes. Reveal why, when and how you became passionate about plants. As a humorous touch you could admit to the fact that five years ago you were not able to identify a geranium from a daylily.

New presidents are enthusiastic and have new ideas. Discuss some of your plans and ask for their comments and recommendations.

Does your club schedule an annual garden tour? If not, it could be an opportunity to raise funds and increase your membership. Plan activities such as revisiting local gardens, throwing plant sales themed around holidays, hosting speakers who specialize in different species, teaming up with local garden retailers who would like to promote their sales and reviewing gardening books about trends and nursemaiding gardens. You might also discuss topical issues such as California's lack of rain.

Avid gardeners are always enthusiastic and want to share and enjoy doing so. Garden clubs are an excellent place to make new friends, bond and become happier. Membership is affordable and often free. A good resource for learning more is

Doug Mayberry makes the most of life in a Southern California retirement community. Contact him at [email protected] Betty is a friend of Doug Mayberry, whom she helps write this column. To find out more about Doug Mayberry and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists visit the Creators Syndicate website at

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