“Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline.” (From today’s Times.)
I’ve started home schooling myself on subjects I’ve never been good at or just missed altogether. First up is geography. Beginning with Asia, every day I test myself by naming countries on a blank map. I learn a few each day, but by the next day I’ve forgotten most of the ones I’d learned. Very frustrating, but eventually it started to take and I’m up to 40 that I can consistently remember every day.
Yesterday I couldn’t help thinking it was kinda pointless, and maybe there was something more useful I could be learning, but now I’m thinking if nothing else it’s good brain exercise.
A biker riding past Madison Square Park.