I often use a cast iron pan. Mine have been around a lot longer than any nonstick coating pan. They are easy to clean when well seasoned--a wipe out, a rinse with water, another wipe out usually does the trick. Sometimes I put the wet pan on a lit burner to dry it out and/or give it another light coating of oil.
The other day I left the burner on and went into the other room to watch TV. I could smell something "hot" and I even felt warm, but I never made the connection until Mike came upstairs and found a glowing red pan sitting on the gas stove.
This bothered me less for the house burning down potential and more for the senility setting in probability.
I was adding it to the recent incident of finding that I had two left handed rubber gloves and not being able to figure out right away that one was turned inside out. Yikes!
Is it possible to still have blonde moments even after turning gray?
I got on the computer and searched "brain, aging." God love the boomer generation. There is all kinds of information on boosting brain power. Although to a cynical mind a lot of it appears to be predicated on the widespread fear of dementia in boomers and conveniently designed to get us to part with some of our retirement savings, there is valuable information as well.
Here's what I gleaned from my reading so far.
- Eat healthy. Aim for whole foods, not too much meat, lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Sugar is really bad. Omega 3s and green tea are really good. Get lots of the B vitamins.
- Supplements are readily available and lurking not far behind the eat healthy advice. How many times are we exhorted to eat a more healthy diet and how often does it actually happen. Supplements are big business and there are many being marketed as "brain boosting." This is not in any way to say that supplements might not be worthwhile. I've been a Prevention Magazine groupie forever. So if you don't or can't eat the optimal diet, you can get pill forms of all the B-vitamins, omega oils, CoQ10, DMAE, Gotu Kola, Folic acid, etc., etc.
- Stay connected to others and maintain a social network. Hey, if nothing else this makes it more likely that someone is going to notice sooner rather than later if you start to drop the bucket.
- Exercise your body.
- Exercise your mind. There are sites where you can play "brain games" and sites where you can order (purchase) complete, "personalized" brain fitness programs. Have to say, the one that offered a free trial for only $14.95 kind of hurt my brain a little bit.
- In the exercise vein, there are books such as:
- Will Shortz: Sudoku
- Lawrene Katz: Keep Your Brain Alive
- Gary Small: Improve Your Memory Now
- Elizabeth Miles: Tune Your Brain (about the role of music in brain boosting)
I am not endorsing these books, just giving examples of what can be found. The exercise approach makes a certain amount of sense to me--the use it or lose it thing. Apparently the brain likes surprise. I have even read that brushing your teeth with the "other" hand is supposed to forge new cell connections. (Having not strong dominance, I have always switched my toothbrush back and forth between hands, so this will most likely not do anything for me.)
I'm off to check my stove one more time and then I'm sitting down to read some Kafka.