I think about this because I am afraid that I will get AD. I spent the morning thinking about the name of the coffee shop in Harvard Square that got sold to Starbucks years ago. The Coffee Connection. It took a while to remember.
One can do the right things for aging: exercise, eating well, living life. But in the end, the things that are largely genetic, even with an environmental trigger are there.
One can be neurotic and dampen one's enjoyment. Or one can embrace life, in all its messy glory. And acknowledge that messy glory includes a memory that at 60 is not what it was at 20.