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mr. ed

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Posted: 10/22/21 07:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve always considered myself fairly intelligent, but I guess, at 77 yrs old, some cognitive decline can be expected. I was using my banking app on my PC recently, and attempting to perform a simple equation on a paper pad, 2193.61 minus 682.22 = ?. For quite a long time, I’ve been using either the calculator on my phone or PC app with the result that I’ve begun having difficulty with simple math equations written out on paper. A 4th grader could probably figure it out in 30 seconds. After taking a few minutes, attempting to perform the calculation, I finally resorted to using the calculator on my PC. I suppose the old saying, “Use it or lose it” has merit when it comes to cognitive decline. I plan to practice simple math so I can regain some of that function, hopefully. [emoticon]


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You aren't alone. In fact your likely part of the majority at this point. Complete reliance on technology, no one can do simple math easily and forget about remembering things like phone numbers. I task myself when going out to dinner to calculate the tip in my head. Not an overly complicated task but it helps. When woodworking a I also still do my best work out angles and calculations on paper. I try and teach my son - who has recently graduated from HS and knows more about calculus and physics - than I ever will, how to apply that to real world things.


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Before I retired I could, while driving the truck, calculate the haul rate after lease took his pinch, then with payload, what my gross revenue, use GPS miles to figure $ per mile. And how far I could deadhead to next load and keep per mile pay above the floor I set.
Sitting in coffee shop, a driver could tell me how long their truck was, front to back axle, and how many axles, and I could tell them what they could gross within bridge law limits.
But can no longer tell wife answer when she wants to know how much 3 yards of fabric will cost.

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I make quilts and if I don’t fall asleep, sometimes figure fabric yardage needed for a project in my head. So far, I can do this at 74.

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When I try to balance the checkbook on paper,I usually get 2 different answers. I take the higher balance number until the bank says different,which is in a few days.


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Have you tried writing a letter in long hand lately?
I learned to write back in the day of fountain pens, filled out pages of notes etc over the years.
Now I sometimes stumble signing my name. The words are there but the dexterity is gone.

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I do have to admit that using Calc app makes one lazy math wise.

I was able to do the calculation mentally

I still recall once at an amusement park some kids said "How fast does this coaster go" Well we knew the height of the main drop. I Eyewballed a few things can came out with 70MPH give or take a couple for rounding.

Attendant said 72 when we got to the gate

V=AT, S=1/2 ATT (A tines T Squared)
V=Velocity
S=Distance
A=accelleration (32 feet per second per second)
T= Time

I had to guess how much the "Train" reduced the drop. ((They eyeball part)


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jetboater454 wrote:

When I try to balance the checkbook on paper,I usually get 2 different answers. I take the higher balance number until the bank says different,which is in a few days.


LOL! I haven’t written a check in years although I have a checking account. I don’t even have printed checks since I always use credit cards . Same with postage stamps, I have zero since I do most everything online. In those rare instances where I need to mail something I just buy one stamp. Has worked out well for years now. [emoticon]

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wa8yxm wrote:

I do have to admit that using Calc app makes one lazy math wise.

I was able to do the calculation mentally

I still recall once at an amusement park some kids said "How fast does this coaster go" Well we knew the height of the main drop. I Eyewballed a few things can came out with 70MPH give or take a couple for rounding.

Attendant said 72 when we got to the gate

V=AT, S=1/2 ATT (A tines T Squared)
V=Velocity
S=Distance
A=accelleration (32 feet per second per second)
T= Time

I had to guess how much the "Train" reduced the drop. ((They eyeball part)


WOW! If you can figure that out, you’re not likely to suffer from cognitive decline. [emoticon]

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I also am 77 years old , what surprises me is all these olde folks are the same age as me !

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