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The Inevitability Of Increased Brain Freezes And Farts

As you get older you find yourself thinking more and more about your brain.

Actually, it's your brain that's spending more and more time thinking about your brain.

But then when your brain is thinking about itself, it is actually thinking about you — I think. I also think I'll stop here before I hurt my brain.

Most of the time baby boomers spend thinking about their brain has to do with how their brain is doing.

Is it sharp? Is it experiencing too many freezes, too many senior moments, too many farts?

Actually, I'm not sure I've ever had a brain fart. Is there noise involved? Are there silent-but-deadly brain farts? Can you blame a brain fart on the dog? I'm sorry about this digression but it's not me, it's my brain, which can be very juvenile at times.

When people worry about their brain, often the thing that most concerns them is memory. But researchers say forgetting is important because it prevents the brain from overloading and frees it up to perform other tasks.

They also say that the brain is constantly erasing. I find this a little disconcerting. What if it was something I might need? But then how would I know that, right?

When it comes to worrying about not recalling the mundane, the experts pretty much agree with Tony Soprano: fuhgeddaboudit.

There is all sorts of advice out there about keeping your brain fit.

One thing everyone seems to agree on is the need for exercise, and we're not talking about pumping crossword puzzles here. We're talking physical exercise, you know, doing stuff that makes your under arms funky.

Getting your heart pumping improves blood flow to the brain, which aids the neural pathways that help keep the brain supple, and sharp, and able to find the car keys without calling in trained fob-sniffing dogs.

I like to exercise first thing in the morning, particularly if I happen to have fallen asleep with the television on. Studies have shown that watching "American Idol" caused dementia in laboratory rats.

Mental exercise, of course, is also important. You need to challenge your brain in all kinds of ways including puzzles, computer games, learning a new skill, social interaction … um … um …

I might have just had a brain fart.

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