"Do not go gentle into that good night" is the first line in a poem by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)
The dreaded “Senior Moment”, memory lapses, cognitive decline, moment of forgetfulness, mental lapse, absent-mindedness, and my personal favorite: brain fart. There are many more; all quite descriptive and somewhat insulting descriptions of the condition we all seem to experience as we age.
Writing is what I’m, well, writing about here. Writing as a way to maintain, or even improve, our cognitive health as we age. Cognitive Health – is the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember — is an important component of performing everyday activities.
There are many different types of writing, from novels to recipes, shopping lists to doctor prescriptions. Writing is our way of preserving knowledge, communicating to one, or many, a reminder to ourselves, or a note in a lunch pail telling our partner “I love you”.
Writing. That thing we were required to do from the moment we stepped foot in kindergarten, or even earlier. Write your name, write your address, write about your summer vacation, even write an excuse for your brother for missing school.