75 Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp as We Age

Be In the Moment

  • focus on learning.
  • You need to pay attention to your environment
  • To learn how to stay in the moment,
  • Don’t multitask
  • Create a Learning Environment
  • You may be accustomed to background noise (like traffic), or you may need complete silence,
  • understand your learning style.
  • Use All Your Senses

  • If you’re learning something, involve as many senses as possible to help retain the experience.
  • Drawing and writing includes the use of motor skills that help you to remember information as you stimulate motor pathways.
  • If you utilize these motor skills in a task, don’t try something new for a few days.
  • For instance, if you lack charts and diagrams for your reading materials, create them yourself s
  • Take notes on index cards or in a notebook as you listen to a lecture
  • Sound includes talking to yourself
  • Talk with another person about the information you’ve gathered.
  • If you’re studying information that includes models (like a car engine) touch various parts
  • Attach your ideas to an inert object for your learning process.
  • Along the same lines, you can attach steps within a learning process to actual stairways or to stairs that you draw.
  • Although taste and smell both evoke strong memories, they aren’t very convenient for organizing or holding information in your mind.
  • Use Mnemonic Devices

  • Mnemonic devices can provide clues to help you remember things.
  • Use positive or amusing images
  • Make the images colorful and three-dimensional, they’ll be easier to remember.
  • Use alliteration to help memorize certain data.
  • Rhymes also are useful for memorization.
  • “Chunk” information, or arrange a long list into smaller units or categories that will be easier to remember.
  • Connect new data to information you already know.
  • Organize

  • Disorganized people report more memory problems than those individuals who are accustomed to organization.
  • Write things down, but write them down in appropriate places.
  • Lists are great for handling stress – even if the list is a long one, it will be rewarding to cross items off as you complete them.
  • Learn how to prioritize.
  • Use online or paper calendars to remember important dates.
  • Use both words and pictures to help retain information
  • Break detailed ideas down into simple thoughts that you can convey to someone else (or to yourself).
  • Similarly, if you understand basic concepts, this memory will help you to retrieve isolated details about that concept.
  • When you can’t write something down, visualize those ideas as being compartmentalized in your brain, much like you would file information away into a filing cabinet.
  • Keep a pad, pencil and small flashlight by your bed to write down ideas that you have at night.
  • Overlearn

  • Spend some time with new material a few hours after you’ve been introduced to it. Review notes and try to consolidate the notes into a broad concept or idea.
  • Review notes and other information at intervals throughout the next few days.
  • Review material until it becomes second nature.
  • Retain a Positive Attitude
  • If you don’t want to learn something, chances are you won’t learn it.
  • Tell yourself that you want to learn and that you can learn and remember the information at hand.
  • If you constantly tell yourself and others that you have a bad memory, this action actually hampers the ability of your brain to remember.
  • A positive outlook and positive mental feedback sets up an expectation for success.
  • Exercise Regularly

  • Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, and oxygen is important for brain function.
  • Physical exercise reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • A mix of programs that involve both aerobic exercise and strength training are of greatest benefit, with exercise sessions lasting at least 30 minutes.
  • Exercise may enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells.
  • Exercise helps to control blood sugar levels.
  • Exercise may increase self-confidence, and may reduce anxiety and depression and help you to retain a more positive attitude about life.
  • Manage stress

  • Stress can make it difficult to remember and to concentrate.
  • Physical exercise can help to relieve stress. Even a simple walk can help to clear the mind.
  • Jokes, soothing music, and even a short nap can help to break the stress.
  • On the other hand, arousing, exciting, momentous occasions, including stressful ones, get filed away very readily.
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    Try to remember all that, K?

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    75 Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp as We Age — 2 Comments

    1. I love this site. I will tell my parents to check it out. They are both early 70s but brilliant at keeping themselves young, using many of the methods you mention here.