Aside from the foggy humidity we've had outside the past day or two (which has given us a welcome relief from the constant picking and time to clean the leaves and sticks out of the crates of olives and steam clean the stainless steel containers) I've noticed my brain feels foggy!
I've noticed that I struggle to concentrate when teaching. Day to day here at the house I don't notice anything much different (except I'm light-headed), but loading and unloading the dishwasher or hanging up the clothing doesn't take much mental effort. Teaching the future perfect and comparing it to the future perfect progressive (don't ask!) does. What gives?
I'm in my mid-fifties. Isn't it too early for "cognitive decline"? I mention it to the doctor and he prescribed something natural to help me sleep (melatonin--which I have used in the past) and a supplement of vitamins that I'm supposed to take for 20 out of 30 days a month. Now I DID run out of vitamins a few weeks ago, so perhaps I am missing something important? Who knows.
In any case, I've discovered a great website to exercise the brain in the areas of attention, processing speed, and memory. It's called Lumosity and it's won web awards and gotten lots of media coverage. lt's a lot of fun to work on your own "personal best"(or invite friends/family to try and beat your scores) and they offer a 30-day free trial. If you check it out, come back and let me know what you think (and when I stop playing, I may even check my blog for comments)!