Some people fear that they will lose their memory at a young age and have a hard time taking care of themselves to the point where they lose their autonomy. This is an extremely scary prospect that can cause many people to fret. Luckily, there are some steps that you can take to improve your memory and maintain it as you age in order to reduce the chances of memory loss becoming a problem.

1. Use Organization Tools

The first thing that you want to do is have a set of tools in place to ensure that you are able to put your brain towards remembering what is important to you, rather than mundane details about everyday life. This means that you should try to set up a system of planners and alarms that remind you when you are supposed to meet people for coffee, when you are supposed to go play cards with friends, and when someone is going to come to your house to look at your broken washing machine. These organization tools will help you make your memory system more efficient because it will only be used for remembering things that you truly care about.

2. Repeat Information You Want to Keep

Whenever you meet someone whose name you want to remember, repeat it out loud after they have said it and use it in conversation a few times. This will allow you to help cement the information in your brain. Do this with any information that you want to remember. It tends to be more effective for you to actively repeat something out loud, rather than in your head, so if you are worried that you are not going to remember something but don't want to say anything out loud at that time, try to excuse yourself temporarily and go to a quiet hallway or bathroom to repeat it to yourself. If you have extra time or want to remember something that someone is telling you on the phone, write it quickly on a napkin. It doesn't matter if you keep the piece of paper that you write the information down on. Simply writing it down is another way to repeat it.

3. Keep Learning

Commit to spending time each day learning something new. It could be reading about current events or a factual article about a subject that you are interested in. It could be learning a new song on an instrument that you already know how to play. It could be a few new words in English or some other language. Just commit to continuing to learn. This will help your brain continue creating neural pathways and ensure that you are able to maintain your memory.

For more information, talk to a professional like River Grand Senior Living that specializes in memory care.

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