My mom knew how to have fun. I fondly remember her weekly bridge parties. They were a time to socialize and to keep her mind sharp. A regular foursome, lifelong friends, gathered in our living room, chatting, eating and drinking. The volume in the room went up a notch or two when someone trumped an opponent’s hand, with “oohs” and “aahs” all around!
Mom had a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I’d like to think that bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, yoga with meditation, and other brain-boosting activities fortified her mind for the struggles ahead.
During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, my mom’s advice would be, “Dear friends, discipline your mind. It’s your strongest asset for good brain health. Now, who’s turn is it to deal?”
© Ron Cooper