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The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind – NYTimes.com

overwhelmedThe Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind – NYTimes.com.

My thoughts exactly:

the larger the library you have in your head, the longer it usually takes to find a particular word (or pair).

Scientists who study thinking and memory often make a broad distinction between “fluid” and “crystallized” intelligence. The former includes short-term memory, like holding a phone number in mind, analytical reasoning, and the ability to tune out distractions, like ambient conversation. The latter is accumulated knowledge, vocabulary and expertise.

I know this is true because my skills as a web-master are very fluid. They flow out of my memory way too fast as I try to figure out what I am doing with my website and setting up a newsletter but recipes which entered long term storage years ago never fail me and everyone thinks I am an intuitive cook.

When You Are Far Away and the Need is Urgent

Have you found yourself in a situation where your parents’ home needs to be emptied ASAP but you can’t take the time out of your busy life to handle the details yourself? In this excellent post Rush Job | Stuff After Death by Mary Miley, she tells you how it can be handled long-distance, but as she says …

“This option is the least desirable in terms of money for the heirs, but it may be the most desirable for heirs who are too old, too ill, too far away, or too busy to handle any of the work themselves.”