• 9 Tips to Improving Your Memory

  • by Kristen Curzytek

We all have experienced at one time or another the moment where we walk into a room to get something and forget what we came into that room for. Or where did we park when we leave the grocery store? Memory issues happen to everyone, but they happen more often as we age. So before you go and make an appointment to see a doctor about Alzheimer’s, check out these nine tips to improving your memory.

Take vitamins

Although more studies need to be preformed to help prove the effectiveness of vitamins, there are many that have potential to improve memory. Some of those supplements are: omega -3 fatty acids, Acetyl –L carnitine, and vitamin E Aisian ginseng.

Get plenty of sleep

Sleep plays an essential role in learning new information. Sleep studies since 1994 show that depriving participants of sleep impaired their ability to improve memory and also affected their ability to do simple new tasks. So remember if you have a sleepless night, take the next day a little slower than normal and try to get eight hours of sleep every night. Try to sleep the same amount of time night after night. Getting the same amount of sleep every night, even if it’s only six hours is better than getting four hours of sleep one night and eight the next.

Stay organized

My grandmother always used to say, a place for everything, everything in its place. Getting organized is a simple step to improve your memory. How so? Well if you keep your keys in the same place all the time you will remember exactly where they are. You won’t have to waste time looking for them every time you leave the house. If you create a place for everything you won’t have to go searching for items day in and day out.

Get a fuzzy friend

A pet can add so much to a person’s life. It provides companionship, responsibility, and purpose. If you choose a dog for a pet it also a way to get some exercise. Having the responsibility of a pet helps you to remember feed and take care of your pet. Pets also provide stress relief and many studies have shown that seniors living with pets are happier than seniors who do not have pets.

Drink green tea

Green tea has many benefits, including improvements to memory. Studies published in the Journal of Nutrition report a person who drinks green tea is more likely to remember things over participants who did not drink green tea. Another benefits of green tea, it may help with weight loss.

Exercise your body

Even light exercise like walking can improve your memory. When you exercise there are chemical changes that occur in the brain that promote the growth of new cells in the brain. As long as you remember (no pun intended) to exercise regularly, you may see signs of improvement on your memory.

Exercise your brain

Simple games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and other games are fantastic for memory. Games that engage your mind keep you sharp and alert.

Join a club

Joining a book reading club or a hobby club is the perfect way to keep your mind active. Not only will you be learning something new, you will be interacting with new people. It keeps your mind sharp and also helps to improve your communication skills.

Pay attention

Just met a new person and already forgot their name? It happens, but it may have something to do with your lack of paying attention. Visualizing a person’s name when you meet them can help you remember their name. Also associating a thing to a person’s name can help.

It’s important to keep your mind active while aging. These tips can help you live a better life with rich memories!

What kind of tips do you have to improve your memory?

Kristen Curzytek is a writer for the One Reverse Mortgage blog. One Reverse Mortgage is the largest reverse-only mortgage lender in America.