History has always been a daunting subject to many-remembering dates, events and wars are not everyone’s cup of tea. We come across a familiar face and talk to her/him but our mind is still wondering about our sudden friend’s name, entering the manager’s office we suddenly forget the reason for the entry and above all, midway through our meal we get up to fetch something from the kitchen but remain absolutely unsure of the required thing once we enter the kitchen. Taking these in our stride during younger years such mishaps start haunting our mind as we grow old. It makes us worry about the onset of dementia. Significant memory loss as a person grows old is not natural but due to brain injury, organic disorders and neurological illnesses such as Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a problem that causes grave effects on the person affectedand the person caring for the affected individual. Ease the entire process and make both these people’s life as comfortable as possible with the help of www.firsteatright.com.
Brain functioning goes through changes as we age which puts a strong brake on the cognitive abilities, slowsdown memory and impactslearning abilities. Such slowdowns don’t have a great impact until you are pressurized to learn something new or multitask things. Despite ageing being inevitable it is possible to sharpen our brains and reserve our memory stores to learn faster and act rapidly by ensuring the tips given below:
Keep your senses razor-sharp: Sense organs are quick as a jet and help in various aspects of our life. Using more of your sense organs helps the brain to retain more of what has been learned. To prove this, a study tried to relate neutral images to different smells but the participants were requested to not take any pain to remember what they saw. Sometime later they were shown a few images without any odours relating to them and were asked to figure out the images that were shown previously. Most recalled those images that had an odour paired with it (especially those that had a pleasant odour) more correctly than the rest of the images shown. Make use of your sense organs in every way possible-trying to guess ingredients from the taste and smell, realize the materials used with the sense of touch or figuring out a person’s mood with the sense of hearing.
Don’t succumb to external views: External factors do impact our response to the outside world. When we hear positive things and surround ourselves with a positive aura the mindset that we have is different from what exists when people have a negative aura around them. For someone who is constantly surrounded by news about relatively slowing memory skills as he/she grows old, his/her performance is rather bad. These guys fail in counting on their ability to perform well, don’t take steps to sharpen their skills and fail miserably. Having hope and working positively gives you a better edge over things.
Don’t stop learning: Learning new things givesus an opportunity to think, explore stuff and keep our minds open to grasp new ideas. That’s why we keep repeatedly insisting you guys to learn a new language, do some puzzles or crossword, read something, write a journal, join some class or pursue any art form. Get down to working on something that has never been your forte. Keeping brain connections strong is rather important. Enrich your learning process and stay alert.
Say it aloud: Why did our parents and teachers insist on us reading our lessons aloud during lower classes? It helps you remember better when you repeat it loud or write it down when you hear or read something. If you find anything doubtful don’t hesitate to ask for information to be repeated.
Save your memory: Your memory is precious. Use it for something more productive. Use the planner, calendar or the address book to keep note of someone’s birthday or number. Keep your glasses, keys and important medicines at a designated place to avoid searching them later and wasting precious time and memory. Minimize distractions to focus more on implementing or discovering something new.
Space out repetitions: Instead of saying aloud things repeatedly just like a parrot space out your repetitions to maximize benefits. Studies too show that spacing your recalls improves cognition not only in normal people but also in those with problems such as multiple sclerosis.
Relate or make a mnemonic: Using acronyms or funny sentences to remember things gives you an upper hand as you almost never tend to forget stuffs that you associate and learn.
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