Staying mentally sharp

Let your memory work more and develop habits that can help against age-related memory loss.

Make associations

Our brain tend to forget names in an instant as you get older. One of the ways to remember a person’s name is to think about what is attractive to him or her. For example, Fred has red hair, so you can remember him because of his red hair and you can recall him because of his hair.

Choose what to remember

If you meet people, sometimes you don’t need to remember their full name, and instead, you can just focus on their nicknames or first name such as Mary Grace. You can just get the Grace or the Mary to recall it fast.

Recite, retrieve and review

Recite the important information repeatedly to know it and retrieve it regularly. Review information you’ll need, such as recalling the faces and names of your classmates through your high school yearbook before the upcoming reunion.

Break it down

Break down new information into a group. This can help you memorize things such as a long-distance phone number. Then, break it down into the area code and then three-digit exchange and four remaining numbers. This method is effective.

Pay attention

Forgetting things is due to too many thoughts in your mind. Relax your mind and focus your attention on one thing or task at a time. Avoid too much thinking because it can distract you.

Keep track of appointments, tasks, and contacts

Sticky pads, calendars, to-do lists, or address books can help you remember things. Just choose what is more accessible to you.

Develop routines

It is a hassle when you can’t remember where you last placed important things like keys, remote, phone, etc. To avoid this, look for a place where you can designate important things and where you can see those things easily.

Create rituals and cues for common tasks

One way to make sure that you cannot forget an important thing is to place it in the place where you can see it easily. For example, place the package near the door so you won’t forget to deliver it.

Consider meditation

Preliminary research concludes that meditation increases blood flow to the part of the brain that’s connected to memory. Learn how to meditate. This doesn’t just help you remember things; this can also benefit your health.