Ageing is a natural process, but most of us are so afraid of getting old because we know that we will grow weaker and more forgetful. In fact, one of the indicators that says you are getting old is the fact that you do things more slowly and you forget things. What's that person's name? Where did I put my wallet? Where's my car key? Where's my phone?
Forgetfulness is a concern for many people and there are many supplementary foods and programmes that promise to help "recover" your ageing memories. In Buddhism, we can slow down amnesia by staying conscious by practising meditation and vipassana. Still, there's no stopping time from making us older. It's just another fact of life.
Heart disease patients these days live longer due to advanced technologies and medicines. It is not rare to see 90-year-old heart disease patients now. However, despite their healthy bodies, I've seen some of my older patients forgetting things, even my name!
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