Posts Tagged memory

7 Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp

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Source: 7 ways to keep your memory sharp at any age – Harvard Health

According to this article by Harvard Health, there are a few tips you can use every day to help keep your mind sharp.  Here are a few that I found interesting.

  • Keep Learning- challenge your brain to learn a new skill.  Take a college course, write your life story, volunteer in a position that teaches you new skills, put together a complicated puzzle, etc.
  • Use All Your Senses- try to use all your senses throughout the day.  For example, if you were to work in your yard, take the time to notice different colors, take in the smell of the earth, and notice different textures of your plants, etc.  Just like a child who is learning new information wants to touch everything and even taste, take in all of your surroundings.
  • Believe In Yourself- if you believe you can learn new information and keep your mind sharp as you age, you are going to be more successful doing so.
  • Organize Your Life- have a special place for your bills, keys, glasses, etc.  If you keep your life more organized, you will free up time to learn new things, rather than focusing too much time and energy on “where was that”?
  • Repeat What You Want To Know- after learning new information, such as a person’s name, immediately repeat what you want to recall verbally.  If you are introduced to John (for example) and if you are able to, immediately use John’s name in a sentence. You can say, “So John, where do you work”?
  • Space It Out- if you learn new information, repeat it in your mind and even speak it out loud throughout the day, not just upon learning it.

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Brain “Pacemakers” in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Scientists turn to 'brain pacemakers' in fight against Alzheimer's | Fox News.

As the medical community strives to combat Alzheimer’s disease, there is a new experiment to maintain or even revive the brain of individuals with Alzheimer’s. By stimulating the brain with a special electrical device, scientists hope to improve the lives of those suffering with Alzheimer’s. It is currently being used on a small group of individuals. Follow up for a few years will be necessary to conclude the effectiveness of the device.

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Free Online Brain Games

Free Online Brain Games: Test Your Memory, Attention, Language Skills – AARP.org.
Do you ever find your memory slipping and wonder what you can do to help improve it?  AARP offers free “brain games”.  I tried one out that tests your memory (called The Right Word) for the definition of words.  There is an easy, medium, or hard option. The games look really interesting. This is a page you could bookmark on your computer for daily practice or just for fun.  Check it out!

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Brain Fitness Program and Seniors

Memory improves for older adults using computerized brain fitness program – UCLA Health and Medicine News.
Do you want to know ways to improve your memory as you age?  I have read that learning a new skill like playing an instrument or learning a new language is very helpful in slowing the aging process of the brain.  Recently, UCLA did research that showed that seniors who REGULARLY used a brain fitness program on a computer “demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills”.  It proves what we all know- if you don’t use it, you loose it.  That is true of every aspect of your health and body.  I’d love to know the name of the game the seniors used.

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Just For Fun

Three Sisters

Three elderly sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, shared a house together. One evening, the 96 year old sister went upstairs to take a bath. As she put her foot into the tub, she paused. Then she yelled down to the other two sisters and asked, “Was I getting in the tub or out?”

“You dern fool,” said the 94 year old. “I’ll come up and see.” When she got half way up the stairs she paused. “Was I going up the stairs or down?”

The 92 year old sister was sitting at the kitchen table drinking a cup of tea and thought, “I hope I never get that forgetful, knock on wood.” She shook her head and called out, “I’ll be up to help you both as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

(*Courtesy of http://www.jokesclean.com)

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