SENIOR MOMENT: A brain fade when older is the same as when you were younger.
SENIOR MOMENT: A brain fade when older is the same as when you were younger. Bev Lacey

Oldies having their 'senior' moments

THE East Coast has experienced some heavy rain this year and I heard someone account for this as being caused by La Nina.

Whether or not she was right didn't stop the rain falling but the constant wet became bearable because she was able to account for it.

A senior moment is a bit like that, too.

The humorous term is used to account for a temporary mental lapse as we grow older.

Over recent years the term has crept into everyday vocabulary and has become generally accepted as a lapse of memory common among oldies.

Any memory lapse can be inconvenient, time-consuming and even embarrassing.

We've learned to account for senior moments as mental blips that are a normal part of life.

Forgetting where you left your keys, not being able to find your mobile phone, or blanked on the name of someone are regular occurrences.

However, we must never allow ourselves to believe we're headed down the road to Alzheimers disease on the basis of these everyday slips.

Common causes could be stress, lack of sleep, feeling depressed or even medication.

If tired of accounting for various happenings as senior moments, consider this approach.

Try mono-tasking instead of multi-tasking.

By focussing on one thing at a time you'll be putting your memory to maximum effectiveness.

Stop identifying with a stereotype.

Because senior moments tap into our stereotype of memory loss as being part and parcel of ageing, thinking you're having a senior moment may actually cause you to have it.

For 85 per cent of us a senior moment is no different from junior moments we've had our whole lives.

Everyone of any age...forgets.