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Exercise Your Brain To Regain Memory
Are You Forgetful
I used to be pretty good about remembering details, places and things, but as I have gotten older and busier, I find that no matter how many lists I make I still forget things. I used to have a pocket calendar 4 years ago, until i switched to a smart phone. But now with smart phones and all the passwords I have to remember, I get mixed up. My short term processing skills seems to be diminishing. It is a part of aging. I guess that is why when you talk to an old person, like a grand parent, they can remember 30 years ago, but can't remember what they did yesterday. What prompted me to look into feeding my brain exercises was my middle school daughter.
She is in a gifted program, but has become extremely forgetful. She can spend time doing a research paper and forget to sign her name or pass it in. I can ask her to do do a simple task and she can literally forget what I just asked her. At first I thought it was selective memory. But over the past several years I have noticed her forgetfulness getting worse. It is now affecting her school work. It is mind boggling because you think, "Oh she is carelessness.and being lazy. But that is not true. We have worked with the teachers to see if they can provide an tools that will keep her on track.
I went online to do some research on memory and discovered a website called Lumosity.com. This website offers games to help exercise those brain functions that are weak, like memory, processing skills, problem solving, attention, speed and flexibility. Its partners are Stanford University, Harvard, Columbia and other prestigious universities.
Lumosity Is for All Ages
Lumosity allows you to play for 3 days to sample what they have to offer. The games are fun at Lumocity. You can even measure your progress and compare your progress to others. I purchased a family plan so that we could play games and improve our brain function for a year. If we have to exercise our bodies to stay healthy, why not exercise our brains?
I have been playing for a week. I notice that if I play during the day versus the evening, my scores are lower at night. They tell you not to play more than 10 hours a week. I am going to see how my memory improves this year. My weakness is attention span and short-term memory. My logic and reasoning is pretty good. I think part of the reason I have short-term memory loss is the result of multi-tasking and aging. I am busier than ever juggling, work, kids, home and pets. I hate to admit that I am aging because I do not look my age. My choice to exercise my brain is an investment in me. I will post more info next month here to let you know my progress.
How I Initially Scored
Well, took the preliminary tests to see where I needed the most help. I definitely have to improve my short-memory and my attention span. I did very good with reasoning, logic, number processing and my visual spacial skills. Lumocity suggests only playing 30 minutes per day only. I joined for a year under the family plan.
Taking Piano Lessons To Exercise The Brain
I just started piano lessons. I am doing this because I always wanted to learn and the benefits are great. I have no musical background, but have always liked music. I like all kinds of music, but my favoriate is fusion jazz, pop, dance classical and easy listening. In college I loved going with friends to piano bars.
It can be challenging as an adult piano student. I have more responsibilities with my own job, kids and household. My expectations are what I set for me. I am in no rush. I am excited about learning and I am self motivated. When i practice I really enjoy it.
I have some physical challenges, like weak fingers and learning coordination of finger movement. When I hit the piano keys, it can sound off-key. I listen and laugh at myself. But I love it. This to me is fun learning. My brain is getting exercise and it doesn't feel like a chore.
I am learning to sight-read, count beats, listen, coordinate my fingers, memorize notes and train my ears to hear the sound of each note. Don't you think that is a lot? If you want to know more you information about strengthening your brain? read here.
Suggested Links To Read
- Music Education Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills
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Expensive music lessons might not turn you into a concert pianist but it will increase the odds that you can remember where you put the keys when you’re eighty.
Why Aren't More Children Studying Music in Elementary School
It seems to me that all children in grades 1-5 would benefit from having to study any instrument. Especially if it will help them to develop concentration, memory, language, math and science. So many schools have eliminated music and or they do not offer it. So many kids are weak in math and science and they have ADHD. Instead of using drugs to help the kids learn, perhaps an instrument would a more natural solution to helping children.
I tried to get my kids to practice an instrument when they were in first and 2nd grade, but their teacher in school was not the nicest and killed their interest. Only recently have we revisited music and now both my girls are older(middle school) are playing an instrument. I found them a teacher that is fun. I don't expect my kids to be concert pianists, but if this will help them down the road with schooling, it is a bonus that will show up in their SAT scores down the road.