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Updated on February 22, 2012

We All Forget

Everyone has memory loss of some degree. It’s not just the old who forget things. The fast pace of a stress filled world leaves even the young absent-minded at times. I’m not talking about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which affect many of our elderly with memory loss, speech impairment, and poor judgment. I’m talking about memory loss in general.

Many things can lead even the young population to forget things on a regular basis. Side effects from medicine, a vitamin B12 deficiency, alcohol abuse, thyroid problems, dehydration, and depression can all cause a memory loss which is completely reversible absent the obstacle. Short term memory loss is completely normal for anyone, but it only gets worse as we age.

Things We Can Do

There are things we can do to improve our memory and our brainpower. Things like exercise to manage stress and prevent strokes can reduce the loss of memory. People who eat their fruits and vegetables can keep their brain healthier. Omega 3 fats reduce risk of stroke and memory loss. People who are socially active with their family and friends have better memories. If we manage our stress levels, this will vanish the present of the stress hormone known to damage the brain over time. Sleep is a big factor for memory building. Without it we can’t store new memories properly.

Things to boost our brain power will improve memory. Read things that challenge you to think. Play games that have a strategy level like chess or word puzzles. Learn something new to improve your brain function. Take a study course in something that interest you. Do anything to keep you thinking. As the old saying goes, use it or lose it.

Write Things Down

Write things down. Journals are very helpful and can be read back to recall an important event. Make checklist for grocery lists and things you need to do. Write appointments or events on a calendar so you don’t forget an important date. Leave yourself notes to remind you of things you don’t want to forget. Keep things in a familiar place. Don’t confuse yourself with guesses. Always keep your keys, glasses, etc., at the same location.

As someone with my own problems with memory loss, I can tell you many of these tips I have tried myself. The ones that have been most effective for me is journal keeping and study courses. And writing things down can always be retrieved later to recall a memory. Just try to remember where you put these handy little notes.


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      Diana L Pierce 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I have problems staying focused under pressure as well, bertco. I'm so glad you find this hub interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

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      bertco 3 years ago

      I found it interesting and will take these serious because at times i loose focus when am pressured

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I'm so glad to have you visiting my hubs, travel man1971, and as you can see my interest are wide. I've always had memory problems. I really fear losing good memories. Writing things down and often do help. I try to read and write a lot so I can keep what brain power I have active.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Awesome hub. I usually forget names of my former classmates I haven't seen or even my cousins or relatives! (lol)

      There are incidents on Facebook wherein I am usually added by familiar names. They will ask if I still remember them. I had to lie but looking at their old photos, a pigment of memory will be restored as it triggered me to remember something or someone.

      I better take those vitamins you recommended here.

      Thanks a lot!

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, BlissWriter and shara63. As I am concerned about forgetting something important. I do what I can to keep what brain power I have. I know others also struggle with memory loss and being absent minded.

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      Farhat 6 years ago from Delhi

      Thankyou Diana Lee! Really a wonderful hub..effectively helpful for me & others of my age...though we know about most of the things described out here, but never take it i promise i'm not going to be careless again.. i'll practice all that you remind us here so beautifully!

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      Definately exercise and omega-3 will help preserve brain power. I try to take those everyday.