A study found memory lapses are not just the preserve of the elderly, with 14 percent of those aged between 18 and 39 worried about their recall.

London - As you get older, one of the biggest complaints is a diminishing memory, but this is just silliness. Such memory loss is, in fact, of great benefit and even means you can kill time in ways young people can only dream about. Any of the following activities can kill a morning, even most of a week:


Place car keys firmly and deliberately in hand.

Answer telephone.

End telephone call.

Now search for car keys.



Drive to local shops.

Walk home.

See car is no longer parked outside.

Call police.



Put on glasses to read newspaper.

Push glasses to top of head while making cup of tea.

Return to newspaper.

Now search for glasses.


Place an important document firmly and deliberately in hand.

Put in safe place.

Wait for sudden need to instantly produce important document.

Now search for safe place.



Call your mother.

Forget who you’ve called and ask: “Who are you?” when she answers.

If she is further down this road, she may say: “I don’t know, who am I?”

Hang up. Repeat.



Sit at the table opposite spouse.

Try to remember his name.

Call out a few names at random. Jim? Mike? Gandalf? Tintin?

Hope he reacts to at least one, or offers a clue, as in: “My knees are killing me from endlessly travelling Middle Earth.”



Walk dog to local shops.

Tie up outside the chemists.

Walk home then think: Dog!

Jump in car and race back to retrieve dog.

Walk dog home.

See car is not outside house.

Call police. - – The Independent