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Try cooking food from a different culture or visit restaurants with cuisines that are not usually on your menu. Include others in your life Some research indicates that strong social connections can help stave off depression and Alzheimer s disease and keep you alert and. interested in life Make an effort to spend time with other people especially if you do not have relatives or close friends nearby Join a book club a bowling. league or a study group at your place of worship or check into local volunteer activities that can bring you in touch with a variety of new people Write letters or. make phone calls to distant relatives and long lost friends or try going online and finding out about people from all over the world through e mail message. boards discussion groups and chat rooms, Remember anything that engages the senses will help to stimulate your mind and strengthen your memory So touch feel smell and experience new things as. often as you can, Visualization is another good exercise for your brain As you sit in your car in a traffic jam wait for a doctor s appointment or lie in bed before you fall asleep try. to visualize something from your childhood your bedroom in the house where you grew up your first grade classroom the inside of your parents car when you. were a teenager Visualization helps stimulate the mind and can also serve as a relaxation tool by distracting you from worries and stresses. It is possible however to actually get better at remembering those things you tend to forget On the next page get tips on how to actually improve your memory. To learn more about the various aspects of memory see. How to Test Your Memory,Improving Your Memory Lifestyle Changes. How Your Brain Works,How Human Memory Works,General Memory Boosters. There are some general memory boosters you can use right now to improve your memory Not all aspects of memory slow down as you age and it is important to. know that you can compensate for most problems by using memory strategies and tricks Some people excel at remembering names Other people are good at. remembering small details It is unrealistic to expect to remember everything But you can get better at remembering those things you re not so good at. remembering, Everyday forgetting is linked to the fact that when you ve done something so many times in the past it can be hard to remember if on this particular day you ve.
turned off the stove or unplugged the iron Indeed some people go through entire routines of checking in the morning because they know they have problems. remembering if they ve actually turned off appliances and closed windows before leaving for the day. If you really want to cure such absentmindedness you need to become acutely aware of what you re doing When you don t pay attention you re not likely to. register information in the first place The likely result forgetting Paying attention takes effort There may be times when your attention strays think of the times. you ve rushed out the door because you were running behind schedule only to discover later that you left behind something important Instead you need to slow. down and pause It is important to pay attention to and concentrate on what you are doing especially when it comes to things you re not usually good at. remembering, For example have you ever been driving to work and tried to remember whether or not you unplugged the iron before you left the house To improve your ability. to remember such everyday occurrences you need to pause and pay attention as you turn off or unplug an appliance so that it will register in your memory This. helps to turn an automatic act into a conscious one. Here are the steps, 1 Before going out the door stop Breathe deeply Take the time to think If you re locking your back door think about what you re doing. 2 Focus your concentration Speak out loud to force yourself to pay attention If you often forget to turn off the stove go into the kitchen and force yourself to. slowly survey the appliances As you look at each one say The oven is turned off The toaster is unplugged When you re driving down the freeway and you. ask yourself if the oven is off you ll know that it is. 3 Go over everything If you tend to leave important things behind line them all up before you leave Go through each item saying it out loud Check your. calendar to assure yourself that everything you need is lined up and ready. 4 Take immediate action Do you need to take back that library book Do it now while you re thinking about it At least put the book by the front door lean it. right up against the door if you have to, If you re plagued with general absentmindedness it could mean that your life is simply a bit out of control Excess stress lots of responsibilities and plenty of. distractions are interfering with your ability to pay attention which then interferes with your ability to remember You re most likely to be absentminded when you re. preoccupied Those who are easily distracted or who tend to be daydreamers are particularly vulnerable to interference. Here s a quick list of ways to regain some control over your daily life and your memory. 1 Get organized Develop a routine and stick to it If you re organized you can often make up for not remembering certain things by keeping information and. various possessions in easily accessible places, 2 Enlist a list Keep a daily to do list and cross off items once they ve been done Always keep the list in the same place and organize the list into categories. Make your list easy to find Put it on a large colored sheet of paper. 3 Keep a calendar handy to keep track of important dates Check the calendar at the same time every day so it becomes a habit When you buy a new. calendar at the beginning of the year transfer all important dates from the old calendar. 4 Have a place for everything and put everything in its place If you have a key rack right inside your door you ll be more likely to hang your keys there and. remember where they are, 5 If you need to remember to take certain things to work or school keep a tote bag or backpack right by the front door Keep all papers and items that need to.
go with you in that bag or backpack, 6 Focus on one thing at a time and try to pay active attention each time you put something down. 7 Make visual cues Place a colored sticky note on your steering wheel protruding up from your briefcase or purse on your office chair or on your bathroom. mirror your shoes or your wallet Don t assume you ll remember leave plenty of reminders. 8 Keep important numbers in one place so you can locate them even if you re under a lot of stress Be sure to keep these numbers in your wallet phone. numbers for doctors emergency contacts neighbors medical insurance and social security numbers license plate number and automobile insurance. information, 9 Write things down as they occur use lists schedules and so on. 10 Return frequently used items to the same spot each time and rely on placement to trigger your memory for example leave an umbrella on the doorknob. 11 Repeat yourself If someone tells you information that you need to remember repeat it over and over again to yourself. 12 Keep a positive attitude about memory lapses as you get older Remember memory decline is not inevitable Be sensitive to the many things that can make. you prone to forget You can take action to overcome or mitigate most of them. The more harried you are the harder it can be to remember the everyday details of your life You need a system which is why so many people rely on calendars. electronic organizers appointment books computerized reminders and other memory aids There are also certain strategies that you can employ to handle. specific types of memory problems, On the next page learn how to improve your memory when it comes to remembering daily tasks and habits. To learn more about the various aspects of memory see. How to Test Your Memory,Improving Your Memory Lifestyle Changes. How Your Brain Works,How Human Memory Works,Remembering Habitual Tasks.
If you have trouble remembering habitual tasks such as turning off the coffee pot each. morning or feeding the cat the key to solving this problem is to relate the activity to. something that you don t generally forget to do every day For example if you often forget. to take your vitamin pill in the morning tell yourself each day that you won t eat your. breakfast until you have taken your vitamin Make swallowing that vitamin pill a prerequisite. to taking your first bite of food By incorporating a task into an outline of things that you. don t forget to do you will be less likely to forget that task You can even make the. connection a physical one say by storing your bottle of vitamins right in front of your cereal. box in the cabinet,Recalling Where You Put Things, There is hope for those who can t remember where they left their car keys or their purse. Always losing your keys If you make a conscious effort to remember The main reason why you forget where you put these items is that you weren t paying. where you put them you ll have a better chance of recalling the spot. Publications International Ltd attention when you dropped them on the hall table the bedside table or the kitchen. counter Because you weren t paying attention in the first place when it comes time to. retrieve the memory of where you left the object you can t It was never properly absorbed. into your short term memory in the first place, This problem is compounded by the fact that you have probably dropped your keys or glasses down in many different places many different times so when you do. recall leaving them somewhere you may not be recalling the most recent place you put them. Once again the solution is really quite simple Pay attention And if you can t pay attention be consistent Make a concerted effort to pay attention to where you. are placing the keys Stop yourself in the middle of dropping them on the desk and take a deep breath Stare at the desk and say out loud I am putting my keys. on the desk If you force yourself to pay attention you re less likely to forget when it comes time to retrieve that particular memory This may feel a bit silly at first. but it s a sure bet you ll remember where you left them. The other sure fire way to remember particular items is to put them back in exactly the same place every single time Find specific places to keep all the items. that are often misplaced,medications,cell phone,cordless phone. In addition you can take steps to minimize the number of less significant things you have to remember in the first place If you never seem to be able to find small. often used items such as tape dispensers scissors or pens stop torturing yourself Simply buy extras and keep them all over the house. To end the frustration of tracking down the TV remote consider attaching one of the commercially available homing devices the kind that beeps when you clap. your hands to the remote You may be able to find a key chain that works in a similar fashion to help you locate your keys. Cordless phones are a real boon to our busy modern lives but not if the last person to use the phone simply left it on the sofa instead of back on the base unit If. you find yourself wasting time searching high and low for the handset of the cordless phone each time that you want to use it check to see if your unit has an. intercom button on the base unit pressing this button makes the handset ring making it faster and easier for you to find it. Remembering Your Schedule, It won t matter much if you can remember to do something in the future if you don t remember to do it at the right time For example you may remember that you. need to mail in your IRS payment a week before the deadline but if you forget all about the task on the day you intended to do it and the deadline passes you. haven t solved your problem In fact a problem with remembering dates is one of the most common memory failures A combination of mental strategies and. mechanical reminders should help get this problem under control. One way to solve the problem of forgetting dates is to cue your attention For example you could take your IRS payment and tape it to the front door or tape a. dollar bill to the front door to remind yourself Here are some tried and true cues. Attach a safety pin to your sleeve,Put a rubber band around your wrist.
Move your watch to the opposite arm, Leave a note to yourself a brightly colored sticky note is ideal in a prominent place. Using a calendar is an excellent mechanical method of remembering dates The key is not to use two calendars one at home and one at work If you do you re. asking for trouble when you forget to transfer an important date and then inadvertently schedule two things for the same day Get one calendar that s convenient to. carry with you Or if you can access your computer both at home and at work try using your software s calendar program to keep track of appointments and. important dates electronically Whatever calendar you ultimately choose all important days should be marked down Every morning consult the calendar and cross. off items as they occur On the first day of the new year get out a new calendar and transfer all of the important dates from the old calendar so you don t forget. Remembering What You re Doing, We ve all gone into a room and totally forgotten what we re doing there If you ve done this you re not alone experts suggest that more than half of all Americans. experience this problem It s not incipient dementia it s just a lack o. How to Improve Your Memory Overview With age comes wisdom and you can use your acquired wisdom to help combat memory problems in new and creative ways

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