I stumbled upon this website called "Lumosity" that helps you train your brain to be more agile, versatile, and fertile.
I started doing the free exercises there this weekend and continue to do them for free, err, make that ATTACK them for free, on a daily basis.
With the exception of that stinkin' exercise with the penguins, I love Lumosity. The anticipation of my brain training has me springing out of bed each morning with the certain knowledge that I'm going to spend a few minutes improving the functionality inside my skull.
Sidebar: If only I felt that passionate about exercising my other body parts.
Just how did my brain get so out-of-shape in the first place?
I think midlife hormones have a lot to do with it. Some say menopause turns a woman's brain to mush. Since I hit my 50s, I've often felt like my brain has left the building in a cab driven by someone from a third-world country named Prakash. My inadequate recall is the biggest deficit I've noticed since hitting menopause. A woman who used to catalog Broadway shows and their signature songs can't remember the hit song from Camelot while watching "Jeopardy"? I'm ready to give those soggy, groggy neurons the old one-two punch, à la Philadelphia's favorite fictional son Rocky Balboa.
I'll let you know how things go--how I'm progressing with my brain training. That is, if I can remember that I promised to update you.