So you have memory loss. Maybe serious memory loss. Of course you should pay attention to your health and make necessary arrangements. But maybe the best thing you can do is pay attention to life.
While some scientists work to identify pharmaceutical treatments for memory loss, others are working to test whether activities such as painting, playing an instrument or dancing are beneficial. Don Moyer, his wife Jenny Knaus (diagnosed with Alzheimer's) and Renee Beard, a geriatric sociologist, have collaborated to develop a database of the latter type of research. The resulting information is available on Dancing Away Memory Blues, Don's blog.
On the blog, Don, Jenny and Renee list and summarize published studies on how activities in each of six categories (music, visual arts, drama, dance, mixed and other) can enhance the lives (and maybe improve the health) of people with memory loss.
If you need an excuse to learn to play the harmonica, or take up painting, this is it!