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Effective Ways To Preserve Your Memory

Human Memory Loss

Memory loss is a part of life. For some of us, it happens more frequently as we age. For others, it is related to serious degenerative brain diseases, like Alzheimer's and forms of dementia. Whatever the cause may be, there is no denying the serious effects of memory loss. It can contribute to confusion, frustration, and even a loss of independence. This is something we will all deal with in one way or another - but that doesn't mean there is nothing to be done about it. Studies have shown there are ways that men and women can preserve their memories for longer. Ready to find out what they are? Here are a few of the most effective methods.

Never Stop Learning

How long ago did you attend high school, college, or graduate school? It doesn't matter if it was fifty years ago or five. You never want to stop learning! To preserve and improve your memory function, it is important to continually challenge your brain. Multiple studies have found that constantly challenging your brain throughout your life can improve long-term memory function. How can you do it? There are many options. You could take a night class in a subject that interests you. Or you pick up a new hobby, like learning play the trumpet or building model cars. The possibilities are endless. Anything from gardening to volunteering somewhere in your community can help keep your brain sharp.

Use Helpful Memory Techniques

Some people have great memories and others struggle a little bit in that area. If you tend to find it difficult to remember the little things (like someone's name or the place that you are supposed to meet a friend for lunch), start using memory techniques. Repeat the name or location in a sentence when you first hear it. For instance, after being introduced to Phil, say, "Great to meet you, Phil," or something along those lines. That technique will help re-enforce the information. Apply that technique to other areas of your life. From your shopping list to the things you need to get done that day. This will help you improve your memory and stay focused.

Incorporate Your Senses

Memory is an interesting thing. It doesn't just represent ideas or thoughts. Memory can also be trigged by all of your other senses. Want to preserve your memory? Want to make it better? Incorporate as many of your senses as possible. Maybe you are learning how to cook an apple pie. Think about the smell of the cinnamon, the feel of the dough, and taste of those apples! The more senses you use, the easier it will be for your memory to recall the experience. Bring this objective to your every day life and you will find it easier to remember important information - and keep your memory sharp for years to come.

Never take memory for granted. Not only do our memories allow us to tap into things that have happened but they also help us navigate our day-to-day lives with ease. Try out these memory-preserving techniques to boost your brain both now and in the future.

Are you looking for more information about memory loss? Contact the Age Matters Clinic at: 647-268-0620. We understand how to improve the life of Alzheimer's and memory loss patients.