How to Make Forgetfulness a Bad Memory
You can strengthen your arms. You can strengthen your legs. But can you strengthen your memory?
You bet, says Robin West, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Florida Center for Gerontological Studies. “Research shows people can improve their memory by as much as 50 percent if they work at it, use the right strategies and challenge themselves,” she says.
Take on new challenges
Note that word new. If you are skilled at crossword puzzles, doing more crossword puzzles would not be an intellectual challenge, but learning a new language would be.
A study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can hamper memory. Take the initiative when faced with problems.
Use memory tricks
Association. If you meet someone who has an interesting job, associate the name with the job.
Organization. Put things back so you always know where to find them.
A healthy heart helps your memory by pumping blood to your brain.
March 21, 2017
Staywell for Life/February 2006
Louise AkinLouise Akin RN BSN