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Praying for an ice cream solution to getting older

I finally have science on my side.

After years of telling people I felt like an old man, researchers at University of Virginia confirm my claims. According to their study: our mental abilities peak at 22 and decline after 27. Memory started being affected at 37, and it really went downhill after 42.

Now, this wasn't some willy-nilly research: During a seven-year period, they studied 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 60, according to the Daily Mail newspaper of London. Study participants were asked to solve puzzles, recall story detail and spot patterns among other brain activities.

Thank God they didn't test me. I'm not sure my mental abilities ever peaked. But I can certainly say they've declined over the last decade.

I blame newspapers.

There's an old cliché about ink getting in your blood. I think it's actually ink on the brain.

At least that's what I think I thought.

I was sad to read Saturday about the death of Inez Lemke Reid, who lost her long battle with cancer last week.

Her husband, Roger Reid, one of our community's (and our nation's) true heroes, is one of my favorite people. I've watched him dote on her over the years and talked with him about the reality of getting older and accepting things you don't really want to accept.

In recent years, as Mr. Reid's appearances in public have become increasingly rare, I've made it a point to ask his fellow Shriners about him and Mrs. Reid.

Today, my heart goes out to their families.

I am thrilled to see some of the changes coming to downtown Thomson. I've said for years that a little spark down there could create a fire, and that's finally coming to somewhat of a reality.

With the government center still a couple of years off, some local folks are following the example of the McDuffie Museum, Cornerstone Bakery and other businesses and investing in downtown. The Family Y is moving to a building across from the movie theater and the new ice cream shop is days away from scooping out cold, creamy delights.

By the way, just what I need - an ice cream shop just across the street. I wonder if ice cream is good for the brain.

Web posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009

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