In today’s world, it’s very easy to ignore important information that you should remember. This can be dangerous. You should keep your mind sharp as you age, to help prevent disease—in fact, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. There were 121,499 deaths last year from this disease. To help protect yourself, follow these 3 tips that will improve your memory
1 — Use All Your Senses When Learning Something
Science shows “memories of an event are dispersed across the brain’s sensory centres but gathered by the hippocampus. When one of your senses is stimulated to bring up a memory, it could stimulate other memories featuring other senses.” This is the reason you can smell a favorite dish, like brownies or lasagna and then you can remember the place you were at when you ate it as a kid. Use this when learning to make new memories. If you need to remember something, use your 5 senses to help you.
2 — Try This 5 Second Trick
When you are trying to learn new info, chunk it up, for instance like you would with a phone number (555-439-9999). Do you see the three separate parts? Now you can use that for anything: A grocery list (snacks, dairy, meats, veggies). People’s names at a company meeting (the ones on the left side of the table, and those on the right side). A list of tricks to help improve your memory (we grouped this list into an easy 3 to remember so lucky for you). All things can be chunked up.
3 — Include This Physical Activity In Your Day
You should get at least 150 mins every week of aerobic activity in—even a walk will do, or you could do 75 mins of a more extreme exercise. “Physical activity programs and exercise have been shown to help improve brain health in many ways, such as processing speed, memory, and attention,” said Ryan Glatt. “With Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia on the rise, an individualized, evidence-based, and multimodal program that is led by a professional might be the best way to help with cognitive decline.”
Author: Scott Dowdy