Motivational Monday…Use What You Know, Learn What You Don’t Know

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Motivational Monday…Use What You Know, Learn What You Don’t Know

 

The other night, a friend was over until 11 pm while I helped him with a word document.  He is 75 and is someone who many would say shouldn’t own a computer. 

Unfortunately, he has Alzheimer's. I have to hand it to him though because he is not letting that stop him.  

 

 

Working with him, I showed him how to change the font size and font and reminded him to save the document. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he can remember this until tomorrow when he has asked for more help.)

 

I think tasks involving the computer are harder for him because in his work he always had an assistant who took care of this, while topics such as sports and business are easier for him to remember because they have always been in his life. 

 

Use it or lose it

 

 

We’ve all heard this saying. When we stop working out, our muscles show it. The same thing goes for our brain cells. They beg to be worked out and when we stop, they can wither like an appendage that is no longer used. 

 

Learn Something New

 

Some recommend learning a new language or learning to play a musical instrument. If you work crossword puzzles…that’s good…but take up a new word game. Like reading books?  Give some of your other cells a workout by trying a different genre. 

 

I am by no means a doctor but I do feel that besides healthy eating, exercise, and being socially engaged, it is important to Use what you know and learn what you don’t know. 

 

 

This week, join my brain cells and me in learning something new!

 

**If you have not yet read Aura Alex's post, I encourage you to do so.  While there is no cure (yet) more is learned every year. Until then…let’s keep it going together.

 "The first person to survive Alzheimer's is out there now --The Alzheimer's Association.

 

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Comments (34)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
The Alzheimer's journey is a long difficult road for everyone involved. I'm dealing with it with my SIL. I try to treat her as I would want to be treated if I was ever in that condition. We never know. It could be us next.

Sep 26, 2022 08:00 AM
Aura Alex

Carol Williams 

I no longer argue with Jim. If he tells me he put the cereal box in the fridge to avoid ants, I believe him. So, next time, if he looks for the cereal and can't find it, I tell him to check the fridge! Humor saves my sanity. LOL!!

Sep 26, 2022 08:32 AM
Carol Williams

Hi Aura Alex 
I do the same with my SIL when she tells me something that I know is not true. I just let it go. What does it even matter? 

Humor is a wonderful tool! Speaking of humor, my SIL once told me "I feel lighter when you're around".  I think it's because I can usually make her laugh by finding humor in just about any situation.

Sep 26, 2022 08:40 AM
Aura Alex

🤣😂🥳

Sep 26, 2022 09:18 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Same with my Dad....always tried to just calm things rather than stir up anything that just didn't sit well with him in his state.  He loved to talk about his days as Captain in the Army in WWII and managing the warehouse that supplied Europe.  He was clear as a bell when we talked about these things and it made him feel good - and strong again.

Sep 26, 2022 11:00 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Thanks for sharing the positive quotes. My favorite is:

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

Sep 26, 2022 08:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is very important to feed our brains with new things, activities and exercise.  Some like to use certain games, but I haven't been into that.  I have chosen to use DuoLingo to learn Spanish.  I must admit, what I could have mastered in a couple years when I was younger, has taken me longer at my age.  But, I'm getting there!

Sep 26, 2022 01:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 26, 2022 01:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Kathy Streib my aunt had  Alzheimer’s  for several years and did crossword puzzles in ink so as to keep the disease at the bay 

Sep 26, 2022 04:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wayne Martin I tend to read the same genre of books but am trying to switch to include biographies. 

Michael Jacobs I'm picturing a young YOU in a medical costume!! I was a bunny rabbit with big floppy ears. 

Sep 26, 2022 05:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 Thank you!!!  I was with my friend again today and now I'm mentally exhausted. 

faye schubert don't ever lose that drive!!!

Sep 26, 2022 05:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley Thank you!!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Kat Palmiotti Look at all of the new things you've learned just in your move alone. 

Nina Hollander, Broker that's what's so good about the agents I know...you are constantly learning new tech as well as keeping abreast of the local economy. 

Sep 26, 2022 05:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX I've found that when I begin doing online jigsaw puzzles, it has helped a different part of my brain. I can create puzzles from my own photos and the puzzle is on my computer. I have to look into Wordle. I know it's popular, but haven't looked into it. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley yes, it's so important to keep exercising our dendrites. 

 

 

Sep 26, 2022 05:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Brian England I wish that were the case but I can see the decline just since this past spring. But he keeps trying and as long as he's willing to do that I'm going to help him. 

Thank you Grant Schneider I think of our AR friend all of the time. 

Sep 26, 2022 05:27 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

My husband is much better at computers than I am.  He does help seniors anytime they ask for help.  Fortunately, those asking for help have Macs!  I stay in close touch with many of my clients or neighbors who are more senior than I am, and I will take them to lunch and ensure they are doing well.  I used to serve lunch at our senior center, but my business is too demanding to be on a schedule.  I am constantly off plan taking care of client needs.

Sep 26, 2022 05:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 He is soldiering on and I admire him for that. 

Exactly Doris Freeman our brain cells need to be exercised as well. 

Sep 26, 2022 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aura Alex my mother had dementia and you're right.  We quit saying "don't you remember" I learned that humor was better for her. I think pressure and stress exacerbate everyone's ability to focus so we kept everything light for her. When she said that she used to be able to remember everything, we told her that it was now full...and to let us remember for her.   Thank you for your very kind words. 
 

Sep 26, 2022 05:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Carol Williams Thank goodness your SIL has you. It is a lonely, scary road and even harder for their loved ones. And Aura Alex yes...humor and light. They often know that they can't remember so we don't need to remind them. 

Sep 26, 2022 06:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Pat Champion I like that one too!!!!  

Myrl Jeffcoat that's ok. You may not have learned it when you were younger unless you needed to. I watch car shows with Larry because I'm learning something new even though I have no interest in learning how to rebuild a car. LOL Thank you for the feature in  your group. 

Sep 26, 2022 06:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wow Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS in ink!!!!  That's truly tough!!

Sep 26, 2022 06:04 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://irstaxdebt.pro - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I need this motivational Monday post today!! thank you Kathy!!

Sep 26, 2022 06:39 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy learn is a continuing part of life, and we should not let any obstacle keep us from learning.

Sep 26, 2022 06:41 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A good reminder on this Monday Motivation.  I love to read and so will try to up my game!

Sep 26, 2022 08:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Beautiful post!

Love this: 

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

Sep 27, 2022 08:55 AM