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Memory? It’s Easy If You Do It Smart

Memory? it’s easy to do if you do it smart. However, It’s a normal part of aging to become a touch more forgetful as we get older. In the past, it had been widely believed that there wasn’t much that could be done to strengthen our memory and mental agility once we had entered adulthood.

However, research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, and other notable institutions has found that the connections in our brains create new neural pathways all of the time!

Memory? It's Easy If You Do It Smart

“These neural pathways, comprised of neurons connected by dendrites, are created in the brain based on our habits and behaviors. … As patients participate in new activities, they are training their brains to create new neural pathways. The pathways get stronger with repetition until the behavior is the new normal.” Aug 8, 2017

In other words, our brains can change even as an adult and so as the saying goes, “you can teach an old dog new tricks.”

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Try these activities to strengthen your memory:

  1. Play games. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other word games are shown to strengthen our mental functioning and memory because they stimulate the expansion of the latest neural pathways. For best results, play games for a few minutes every day.
  2. Add rhythm. Use rhyming words or turn the information you would like to memorize into a song. The data is going to be easier to recall later because you’re using more than one of your senses to encode the memory.
  • Using auditory processing is not the only way to improve your memory. It’s also possible to form information easier to recall by adding movement, or kinetic processing, once you are memorizing information.
  • Creating an acronym from an inventory of words that you simply try to memorize also makes it easier to recollect the things on a list.
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The Ancient Art of Loci is Good for Memory

  1. Practice the ancient art of Loci. The Romans and Greeks of the traditional world used Loci to assist their memorization.
  • Loci are locations that the user is familiar with, such as their home or a path they walk frequently. Just associate the things that you simply have to memorize with familiar objects in your home or pathway and you will have greater recall of these items.
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Break Up Larger Bits of Memory

  1. Break larger bits of information into chunks. If you need to remember a long passage or a large number with multiple digits, try breaking this information into smaller chunks and memorizing it one chunk at a time.
  2. Learn something new. Our memories are like a muscle: the more that you exercise them, the more they improve. Learning a new skill or hobby that requires concentration, such as a foreign language or how to crochet, can help boost your overall memory.
  3. Get plenty of sleep. Research shows that our ability to remember and recall things is greatly impaired when we are tired or under a lot of stress. Get plenty of rest and relax before you try to memorize information that you want to recall later.
  4. Be aware of what you’re doing. If you’re constantly forgetting where you placed items such as your keys or purse, you may be distracted. It’s easier to remember things when you’re fully focused on your actions.
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  • When you focus on where you’re placing your keys or other items, try saying what you are doing out loud. For example, say “I am placing my keys on the nightstand,” as you do it.

It can be very scary to discover that your memory is not quite as sharp as it used to be. These tips can help you sharpen your memory regardless of your age.

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