I value my brain 1000's more than my body, and for me its always been an easy self prioritisation. If I can't walk stick me in a wheelchair, if I struggle to read.... well thats a different matter. I need fixes, ones that work for me. I don't have fear, that emotion for me is potentially destructive and pointless. By that I mean I have to face up to things they won't go away and you cannot hide. I do have a tolerance and impact list, and things which I suspect I would find hardest are at the top and are the things I plan for the most. The top two are 1. Changing and loss of speech 2. Memory problems but specifically Alzheimer's which PWP are more likely to suffer from. (this was since clarified as follows: Just to clarify- the dementia associated with Parkinson's is not quite the same as Alzhiemers, it is related to the proliferation of Lewy Bodies.)
This post is about number 2, as yesterday I had a long conversation about Joshua Foer, google him, watch the TED video. Its quite compelling. So I am going to use one of his principles to plan ahead to help me remember my family and friends. His techniques amplify your own recall capabilities by making the memory inputs more distinctive. He used an example ... if you are asked to remember a mans name like Baker if you say remember Mr Baker to one person and remember this man he is a Baker, the second input will stay in the brain. This is because we have lit up other parts of our make up, sense of smell, visual images etc. Embellishing is the key.
So I am starting with my family and friends .... and this is what I am assigning to my friend Richard who pointed me to this man.....
Maltesers :: bald head
Kew gardens :: He wears flowery shirts
Soley soley song :: We played on his visit
Marbles :: We created Orbcreation and Orbindex together
Giraffes :: He is tall
So my remembering Richard is :: A bald headed Giraffe in a flowery shirt went to Kew gardens to play marbles, he was humming soley soley and eating Maltesers.