Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory As You Get Older
Having a bad memory is not exclusive to people with medical conditions. It can affect us all and is frustrating at the best of times. At times, we have all experienced busy minds that feel overwhelmed by information, and a lack of patience and attention span.
Whether you are an elderly person living with dementia, enjoying retirement, or someone who simply finds themselves searching for their wallet far too many times – there are a variety of ways to improve your memory.
Before we start looking at some of the ways in which you can improve your memory, it is worth noting just how many factors can affect our memory. For example, stress can significantly impede our ability to retain information, as does depression and anxiety.
Exercise Your Brain
Brains are no different to any other part of the body – they need a balanced dose of stimulation and rest to be healthy.
Games such as Scrabble, Sudoku, Crosswords and jigsaws puzzles are a great way to test and stimulate your brain. There’s also a whole host of games available on phones and tablets that can give your brain a healthy workout.
Rest is just as important as exercise for the body, and the same is true for your brain. When testing your brain make sure you take the appropriate time away from activities to allow your mind to settle and retain what you’ve learnt.
The Loci Method
The Loci Method is one of the oldest known memory enhancement techniques.
It’s based on the assumption that you can best remember places that you are familiar with, so if you can link something you need to remember with a place that you know, the location will serve as a clue.
Try placing sticky notes around the house or your room and remembering what they say. You’ll be surprised how quickly and easily you start to remember things!
Mnemonic devices is a simple way of memorising information so that it ‘sticks’ within our brain longer and can be recalled more easily in the future. Popular mnemonic devices include: the Loci Method, acronyms, rhymes etc.
Acrostics & Music
An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet. Many of us learned the order of the planets and the colours of the rainbow with silly-sounding sentences that have lodged themselves in our brains for our entire lives.
Some studies have also suggested that listening to classical music can stimulate and sharpen concentration, whilst questing the white noise. This sharpness can lead to greater information retention, especially during periods when our brains are most restful.