Where’s Waldo?

The importance of exercising the mind. By Kahu Kimo


I don’t remember exactly what show I was watching although I remember that it was about interviewing people who have lived to be 100 or more.  One interviewer asked this feisty 103 year-old woman, “So, to what do you attribute your longevity?”  Her response was priceless: “To having not died yet.”  Is living just about how long we hang around?  What about the issue of whether or not our minds are growing and expanding throughout those years?   I remember when former Vice-President Dan Quayle, that master of mis-quotes, once  famously opined: “A mind is a terrible thing to lose.”  While this quote is funny it does get to the heart of one of our current-day primal fears:  living long enough that we lose our sense of ourselves as our minds slowly succumb to Alzheimer’s.  In the old days we called it “dementia”; whether we…

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