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Memory Problems And How To Improve Them

Updated on March 24, 2020
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Jane is a State Registered Nurse who has a special interest in natural ways of improving every day physical and mental health.

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How Good Is Your Memory?

How good is your memory? Lots of people wish they had a better memory but only a small percentage of people actually try to do anything about it. Fortunately, some people have come up with excellent solutions to help improve memory. In the next few paragraphs you’ll see a discussion of common memory problems and how to solve them.

Absentmindedness

This common memory problem is closely tied to the amount of attention you give the specific details in life and conversations around you. This can happen especially when a person usually hears something in passing but isn't really absorbing the information fully at the time. This is seen in people when they say yes and nod when they aren’t paying attention or really listening. The best thing to do is stop and give your full focus to the things happening around you. Take time to use cues to remember tasks. Being aware can be very important and can actually be the difference between life and death in a serious situation.

Benefits Of Memory Games

Memory games became a big part of our lives when we became aware of our sons learning difficulties. One of the games we did was remembering a series of digits. We made this fun and it was about who could remember and repeat the longest number. We then used objects, animals, and other things to help build up the connections within his developing brain. We saw really good results with this method. His language improved his concentration improved and his memory. We started to notice significant improvements in his learning...This method which we were shown is used by NACD(national association for child development) an organisation that helps children with various developmental difficulties. This organisation started by a Bob Doman is at the forefront of research into our brain and what can help it to function better. We have now discovered that our brains keep on developing new neural pathways throughout our lives. This is helped greatly by stimulating our brains with brain games and brain exercises and also plenty physical exercise and fresh air.

Memory Improvement Games: A Complete Workout with 50+ Memory Exercises & Games to Improve Memory
Memory Improvement Games: A Complete Workout with 50+ Memory Exercises & Games to Improve Memory
If you want to unlock parts of your brains that have 'fallen asleep' and train it to remove that forgetfulness in order to maintain your daily rhythm intact, you should try this wonderful compilation of memory games. Every brain needs its workout, brain training games can help boost your memory and prevent dementia,it's no different for each and every one of us, so I recommend this book wholeheartedly. I have been using some of the brain games and my family already notice a difference in my memory. They are starting to use the book too!
 

Misattribution: Times, Place, People

This happens when people remember many aspects of a situation, but will forget some of the details and place another memory in place of that lost detail. There are usually lots of different reason why this kind of common memory problem happens, but depending on the situation, it can have serious consequences. If you have the opportunity to compare notes with others in the situation to gain perspective, it’s always a good idea.

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Blocked Out

Blocked is simply a term for what happens when you know a piece of information normally, but when trying to recall it from your memory it seems blocked. There isn’t currently a fully understood reason for that, but it’s possibly caused by an abundance of hormones and other chemicals causing some kind of confusion in the brain.

Sometimes we block certain memories deliberately because we know thinking about these particular events may upset us. This is a protective method used by our brains and is sometimes necessary especially after a very traumatic event in our lives.

Transience: Use It Don’t Lose It

Transience is the name given to memory that is forgotten soon after it is learned due to lack of relevance. When you first meet someone and they give you their number or tell you something about themselves, it’s likely that you could end up forgetting some part of the information that they told you. A lot of times this has happened because this information is never needed for recall. If you do become close to that person and you call them on a regular basis then you’re now having to use that kind of information to help you converse easily with them and help build up a good relationship with them. The more you recall a memory, the more likely you will be to remember it.


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Good Diet And Supplements Help Improve Memory.

All our organs including our brains are affected by what we eat. Our brains function so much better when we try to eat a healthy diet. There are specific nutrients that help our brains work better and these include omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidents, flavonoids and Vitamin E.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve the electrical signaling between the brain cells and so improve memory and mental concentration. See Simon C. Dyall, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Foods high in omega 3 are eggs, walnuts, oils, leafy greens eg spinach, oily cold water fish.

Antioxidants help get rid of free radicals that can damage brain cells. This can lead to mental decline and brain disease.

Good antioxidents include Vitamin C beta carotene and selenium. Two other antioxidants that are particularly good are Vitamin E and flavonoids.

Flavonoids are usually in all vegetables fruit and herbs. Flavonoids reduce inflammation and slow down the aging of our brain and so reduce risk of disease such as Alzheimer’s.

Foods high in flavonoids include coffee, dark chocolate, berries, leafy greens, and many dark coloured fruits.

Vit E has been shown to delay the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in a study published in the American Heart Association Journal 2014.

Foods containing Vitamin E include peanuts, pine nuts, and sunflower seeds.

If you find that after trying the solutions suggested here that you are having continued problems with your memory then consult your Doctor for advice.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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