CONSEQUENCES OF LOCKDOWNS ON AGING BABY BOOMERS' COGNITIVE HEALTH & WELLBEING
PRE-LOCKDOWNS: Baby Boomers commiserated and joked among ourselves when sharing stories of memory lapses, lost words, communication blunders, and awkward oops incidents.
Our stories included frustrations regarding endless searches for forgotten names and misplaced items, plus other common age-related nuisances.
POST-LOCKDOWNS: Nowadays, although boomers may commiserate, hardly any of us are in the mood to joke after being deprived of necessary opportunities to keep our cognitive skills sharp - due to Covid-quarantines.
Nope. There is nothing funny about our brain activity (cognition) accumulating a bit (a lot) of rust while we were trying to avoid a heinous virus.
And, there is nothing surprising about a year of nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no social events affecting boomers' cognitive health and wellbeing.
Add stress to the mix, and the consequences are profound. Aaargh!
HARSH REALITY: To varying degrees, Baby Boomers will experience slower response times to questions, hesitancy in decision making, muddled thoughts, et cetera - when emerging from lockdowns.
Are we able to recover from 'rust-on-the-brain'? Yes.
Do we have to put effort into regaining our peak levels of cognitive health and wellbeing? Yes.
We are The Baby Boomers!
We can and will do it!!!
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