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How to Prevent Memory Loss and Alzheimer's with Just 5 Minutes a Day

Updated on October 11, 2016

Memory Loss and Alzheimer's

Are you afraid of losing your memory as you grow older? Then worry no more because you only need to do one thing to prevent that from happening. And it only takes 5 minutes a day!!! Really? Yes, really!

Read on if you want to prevent Alzheimers and memory loss.

Learning a New Skill

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a child learning a new skill

Prevent Memory Loss in Just 5 Minutes a Day

What can you do in just 5 minutes a day?

There are many things that you can do in just 5 minutes. The important thing is you have to do it everyday until it becomes second nature to you. Once you are able to do this, then you can say goodbye to memory loss or even to Alzheimer's!

Here is the simplest thing to do in just 5 minutes or even less - LEARN SOMETHING NEW!!!

Yes, learn something new every day. It can be a new song, a new skill, a new craft, a new language phrase, a new word, a new game, a new anything, as long as it is something new.

Are you a singer? Then maybe it's time to learn a new song to add to your repertoire. Or you can learn a new way of singing. If you are a ballad singer, then why not learn rap? Or the other way around?

Have you dreamed of learning to play the guitar, or the piano? or the violin? Then why don't you start learning today? Today is the best day to start! If you keep on postponing it, then you will never find a day to start.

The important thing is to...learn something new! Why? Because look what happens when we are learning something new:

Our brain gets excited if it is learning something new! And the more excited our brain is, the better is the blood flow, and the better is its function. The better blood flow will even awaken some slowing down nerve cells! Don't you think that's a great bonus?

However, our learning should not end there if we want to make sure that we will remember what we learned. The next step is to then consolidate our new knowledge. And how do we do that?

Consolidate New Knowledge

To consolidate the new knowledge, we have to repeat and use what we learned and form a mental image of it.

For example, if we learned a new word like “dolente” which is a music directive that means “to perform slowly and with sorrow”, then we have to repeat the word aloud so we also hear it. Then, we use it in singing a song or imagine we are watching a musical wherein the star is singing a passage “dolente”. If we do this, we will never forget this new word ever again and every time we watch an opera or a musical we can identify that the star is doing a “dolente” when he/she sings slow and with sorrow.

Try it!


Exercise Your Brain

If we learn something new every day, we are exercising our brain. Our brain needs as much exercise as our body, maybe even more.

Solving a new puzzle or memorizing a new poem or learning a new way of throwing a bowling ball are activities that excite our brain.

Maybe you can start writing your memoir? That will be fun!

An excited brain is a healthy brain - that means no Alzheimer's!

So go...learn your new word! Learn your new song! Solve that puzzle! Write your memoir! Cook a new recipe! Just excite your brain!

There is also another great exercise for your brain. It's called "Superbrain Yoga". Here is the link in YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwhpF9iJSs

Try this poll

How often do you exercise your brain?

See results

Websites with Brain Exercises

If you want to exercise your brain, below are some websites that offer various brain activities that can really improve and activate your brain.

http://brainmetrix.com/

http://www.lumosity.com/

http://www.braingle.com/

http://www.increasebrainpower.com/brainexercises.html

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    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello wwolfs,

      Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment.

      You are right about Alzheimer's being a terrible disease. That's why it is best that we try to prevent it from happening.

      Thanks too for the up and useful vote!

      God bless!

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      wwolfs 

      6 years ago

      Nice hub. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. This is great advice as there is always something to learn, even if just a new word. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Green Lotus,

      It's nice to see you!

      Well, it's one of my oldest hubs so it's not a surprise that you missed it. We did not know each other then. I'm sure that you also have several older hubs that I must have missed.

      Anyway, thanks very much for dropping by. I will also link back.

      Nice to see you again!

      God bless!

    • Green Lotus profile image

      Hillary 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow I can't believe I missed this one!Wonderful advice. I will link to this from my memory tips hub.

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Staci-Barbo7,

      Thank you for the visit.

      I'm happy that you find the advice in this hub excellent.

      Oh yes, if you are insatiably curious, then you never stop learning. That is great! It will certainly serve you well.

      All the best!

    • Staci-Barbo7 profile image

      Staci-Barbo7 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent advice in this Hub! I am insatiably curious and love learning, so I certainly expect to receive some protective side effects from all of it.

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Francia,

      Thanks for dropping by. I'm happy that you find this hub useful. That's great!

    • franciaonline profile image

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Jill, your thoughts here are useful for all of us. I just need to be consistent with my brain exercises LOL.

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      That's right cgull8m, playing mind games like Sudoko, Scrabble, puzzles, etc. always bring something new. So they are perfect for brain exercise.

      Thank you for dropping by!

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi angcorics,

      Don't we all dread having this disease? That's why we have to do something before it strikes us. So learn something new every day!

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes, learn something new every day. It can be a new song, a new skill, a new craft, a new language phrase, a new word, a new game, a new anything, as long as it is something new." True, we have to keep our brains active. They need exercise just like our other parts of the body. Also playing brain games like Sudoku, Scrabble etc will help also.

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      angcorics 

      9 years ago

      Alzheimer's is truly a dreadful disease. To forget people you love is something that scares me greatly. Let me look into your method, and report back to you. Thanks for your article.

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Pete,

      Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your mom.

      You are right, your mind is always busy if you are creative. Thank you for that addition.

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      Pete Maida 

      9 years ago

      My mom has Alzhiemer's. The problem was that she lived alone too long and all her friends got sick and passed away. I didn't realize how long she was going without contact. I'm sure that was the main cause of the onset. She lives with us now and we keep her going.

      Another good preventative measure is to create. I'm mainly a fiction writer and creating a story from scratch will definitely keep your mind sharp.

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi JamaGenee,

      I'm sorry to hear about your aunt.

      Your are right, if there is a genetic predisposition, then Alzheimer's cannot be prevented. However, keeping the brain active might delay it.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      If I want to learn a new thing and make it stick, I either do it over and over, or write (not type) it out.  Something about the process of writing (not typing) makes it stick better.  I can't stand not to learn new things, and have very little tolerance for people who aren't curious too! 

      However, I'm not sure keeping one's brain active can prevent Alzheimer's if there's a genetic predisposition.  A favorite aunt who was mentally and physically active all of her life died of it.  Very sad...

    • jill of alltrades profile imageAUTHOR

      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Coffeesnob,

      Thank you for visiting and thanks too for your encouraging comment. Yes, I also learn a lot from reading hubpages.

    • profile image

      coffeesnob 

      9 years ago

      Good hub. I think reading hubpages is a good way to earn something new every day.

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