Well, here we are, March 9th and daylight savings time has given us some more daylight and I got to take a walk today without five layers and something across my face. We did it! We made it through just about the most horrific winter I can remember. Oh, I know….it ain’t over til it’s over. I just know that we can now see the dirt under the ice and snow on our driveway. How about that for gloating? And about that thing of remembering? Read on!
What I really came here to gloat about is an article I read this morning in Prevention Magazine, a periodical I have read for many years. Wouldn’t you know that the magazine that promotes veggies in the hues of greens, yellows, reds along with organic meats reports on a study conducted by the University of Texas that shows, drum roll, people over 60 “who sipped between 1 and 14 drinks per week scored up to 15% higher on memory tests.”
Finally! My husband and siblings claim I make stuff up, but I have a memory like a steel trap. And this study validates that. Well, I have to back-track a bit: I’ve had a steel-trap memory since I was a pretty young kid, way before I began sipping beer at Colby College frat parties.
The author of the study, Brian Downer (not a downer for beer drinkers!), said about that 15% higher score, “That’s the difference between remembering you had a 30th birthday party and remembering the name of the restaurant where it was held.”(Prevention, February, 2015, p.13). Downer works at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Sealy Center on Aging. Apparently, alcohol “may activate proteins in the brain that preserve the hippocampus, which digs up details of days (and parties) past.” (Prevention, February, 2015, p. 13).
Obviously, if you have a heart condition, addiction issues, are underage, don’t try this at home, please? And don’t drive if you’ve imbibed. I’ll put my inner Mom to bed now. This just tickled me pink today and I wanted to share.
Now, where did I put my car keys?