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Boosting Our Memory

Updated on January 27, 2018
Can we?  Yes!  Improving our memory is possible!
Can we? Yes! Improving our memory is possible! | Source

The Possibility of Retaining Our Memory is Crucial to Consider

Boosting our memory is a topic that spans all age brackets. These days, improving memory is a subject nearly anyone of any age is willing to discuss with their peers.

The ability to retain information through our memory is an asset that our future depends on. Protecting and nourishing our ability to recall people, details, and facts is important business.

Students are interested in how to increase their memory. Middle aged people are so busy with important relationships and activities in their business and personal lives that this issue is crucial to their success. Many people wonder if age-related memory loss should be expected.

There are typical and atypical concerns about memory loss for the elderly that can have an influence on every aspect of their well being. Working with family members and/or professionals to protect them and their assets before memory issues develop is now a standard practice for thinking seniors.

Fear of Alzheimer's disease lurks in the backs of many people’s minds these days. For the average person this concern is not necessary, but we should stay alert to any news on ways this disease could be averted or possibly diminished in case it does start setting in.

Alzheimer's, however, is not what is behind the common memory loss that most people deal with in today’s fast-paced world. With so much information coming in at such high speeds it is sometimes simply too much for even young people to keep up with all that there is to remember!

Interesting Research on Memory

Though there are some differing opinions, memory research continues to unfold in research labs. Studies are worth keeping up with and staying on top of the latest results allows us to share the information with family and friends.

The Center for Academic Success at The University of Alabama provides really useful memory tips for students and any one else wanting to retain what they study. A little research on the areas people tend to have memory weaknesses can be a helpful guide when considering how best to work on our memory skills.

Weak skill within our working memory can cause us to struggle with following instructions, inhibiting our ability to learn new skills. It is good to know that there fun ways to strengthen our memory skills. There are online sites that allow us to test our sharpness as well as to practice and work on our mental abilities.

Games some of these sites provide are designed for all ages. 15 Awesome games include trivia as well as rhyming activities. Mind tools cover a range of games that even utilizes story telling techniques, something word lovers would greatly enjoy.

Remember to Remember!
Remember to Remember! | Source

Common Sense Tips for Boosting Memory Include:

• Don’t forget to get enough sleep. Too many of us do not heed this important rule. Some researchers say this is the number one need for people who complain of memory issues.

• Drink plenty of water throughout the day. (Sometimes, sleepiness = a need for water.) Some doctors rate this as the number one need for people who are concerned about memory problems.

• Take time for recreation--don’t be a work-a-holic. Remember to enjoy family, friends, and your hobby interests.

• Live so that work and family relationships are properly maintained to reduce stress.

• Do not smoke or consume alcohol and other drugs if you want your memory to be at its best.

• Avoid junk foods, particularly offenders like artificial sweeteners.

• Read. You knew this one, didn't you? (A very special tip: read from a sound daily devotional book on a regular basis.)

• Stay active in one or more volunteer organizations. The opportunities to help others are actually chances to help ourselves in unexpected ways.

Making lists is helpful, both for remembering and for exercising our memories.
Making lists is helpful, both for remembering and for exercising our memories. | Source

New Studies Continue to Give Us More Insight into Ways to Increase Our Memory.

While we can it is important to consider the suggestions that come from studies and share the information we learn.

• Strawberries contain a flavonoids but you don’t need to remember that--just eat strawberries while studying!

• Doctors have found that after learning something new a bit of rest to let the brain thoroughly absorb the information helps us remember it better.

• Eating salmon regularly or taking an Omega-3 supplement is a very good idea to keep in mind.

• Using other supplements, such as ginkgo biloba, have proven to be helpful for maintaining memory.

• Avoid drugs that can damage your body and thereby deteriorate thinking skills.

Do You Exercise Your Memory by Playing Games?

What games do you play to exercise your memory?

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Boosting Our Memory is a Science!

Besides the desire to understand the human mind, the research being done to discover why and how we remember information as well as how to preserve and even improve our memory helps doctors determine treatment for those with memory loss due to disease or trauma.

Advances in exploring how our minds work continue to be made and it is fairly easy to stay on top of the latest research news about human memory. Sites like Medline Plus have information and links that can help us stay on track with what's new in memory health.

The research is beneficial to everyone and there are opportunities to contribute to the cause. If you are interested in helping with this research you might like to contact organizations like the Salk Institute and Boston's Memory Disorders Research Center to find out how you can help.

In the meantime, play Memory and other games with a child or someone in a nursing home, keep a journal, learn to do new things by studying a foreign language or developing a new hobby (such as learning to write on HubPages), and take care of your body--it’s the only one you get!

Follow the Guidelines for Good Memory!
Follow the Guidelines for Good Memory! | Source

Routine Memory--12 Points:

Important Info to Remember:

Research all products you want to use and discuss them with your doctor before making a decision to take them.

Research any major changes of lifestyle and discuss them with your doctor before deciding to make them.

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How do You Exercise Your Brain to Boost Your Memory?

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 months ago from the short journey

      Peggy Woods:

      Thanks much for your encouraging feedback on this post's topic. New research is giving insight into Alzheimers symptoms and it's important to know that the symptoms don't always mean Alzheimers. A serious look at meds (past and present), diet, and more are crucial to a correct diagnosis. I'm not sure that serious memory loss has to be inevitable. It's a good thing to continue conversations about using our brains or losing them!

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      RTalloni 5 months ago from the short journey


      Thank you very much! You are right, it is easy to take them for granted, and drinking enough water is one of them I have to constantly pay attention to. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, but really appreciate your feedback here.

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      RTalloni 5 months ago from the short journey

      Linda Rogers:

      Thank you kindly for your feedback on this post and I'm sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. You are so right about the benefits of learning and writing at HubPages. I couldn't agree more that it is a real opportunity to exercise our brains. Thank you again for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Good suggestions here as to helping to retain our memories. Alzheimers is such a terrible disease! Hopefully someday they will find a cure. For now I will keep writing as well as following many of your other suggestions. Hopefully that will keep memory loss at bay.

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      This is really great! The tips are actually relatively easy for us to do but we take some of them for granted, such as taking a proper amount of water or getting enough sleep. Will share this hub. :)

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent article on how to improve our memories. I know my memory has gotten better since I started writing on HubPages. Were using a lot of different mental tools when were writing and putting together our hubs. Voted up and hit many buttons.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you for adding your input and feedback here!

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      howtostayhealthy 4 years ago

      Good memory means more knowledge. All points are great!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Oh yeah, there are loads of good reasons to drop the artificial sweeteners.

      Thanks for adding to this dialogue!

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      KE Morgan 6 years ago from Arizona

      Man- I need to cut down on those artificial sweetners. What was I going to say? Oh, great job!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Jennifer Stone:

      Thanks much, both for coming by and for linking this boost your memory hub to yours on rosemary and ginkgo biloba!

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      Jennifer Stone 6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great tips for improving memory RTalloni! I'll return the linking favour in my rosemary and ginkgo biloba hub if ok, thanks!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks kindly! I know what you mean--remembering to take supplements is not always easy, especially those we don't take everyday. (I'm not sure if gingko biloba is one for every day, or just what the guidelines for times to take it are.) Taking care of ourselves as we should is the best way to avoid needing a doctor's care as we age. Remembering that isn't easy either! :)

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      Mary Green 6 years ago from Alabama

      Good Hub, I had forgotten about the benefits of ginkgo biloba~ I think I'll start taking it again before I re-forget (haha)! Seriously, I'm in my middle age and this hub is the kind of helpful info us boomers need to read.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      rick combe:

      Thanks much for stopping by with your comments. :) I'm certain that I should have done some research on humor and included it in this hub. Appreciate that you added it to the info!

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      rick combe 6 years ago from USA

      Excellent subject for a hub, and quite useful. Too bad i will probably forget to implement any of this.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Kay Creates: Thanks for stopping in to read and comment. We have enough information about how to take care of ourselves...paying attention and doing it is a little difficult at times though, yes? :)

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      L R Goodman: Thanks much for stopping by and commenting. It's interesting to think about how common-sense living, such as with drinking adequate water and getting enough sleep, can help us in so many ways.

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      Kay Creates 7 years ago from Ohio

      Good tips. We need to keep our minds fit as well as our bodies.

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      L R Goodman 7 years ago

      Wow! Such fascinating tips! I had no idea that something as simple as drinking more water and eating strawberries and salmon could help your memory! Great Read!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      This is even more important as we age. Thanks much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      RT - thanks for the tips. When I was in elementary school, one of my teachers (a nun) used to tell us that people need to use their brains all the time, to learn new things, and provide challenges for their brains. That an unchallenged brain becomes stupified, a use it or lose it kind of thing.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much! We absolutely do not drink enough water. Appreciate your stopping in and leaving a comment!

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      1000Ways 7 years ago

      Great hub. I love how most of the suggestions are simple easy things to do. It's amazing how much water affects all our biological processes (including memory) and how most people don't drink enough water. Keep up the good work!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Ah, computer work...rather silly to leave that one out... :) Computers certainly do help keep us sharp as they offer endless learning opportunities!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a good reminder!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Good points and I think writing and working on the computer are great ways to fight it - at least that's what I'm sticking with!