CREDIT: this video excerpt is from BBC’s critically acclaimed documentary,’The Human Mind’. For more information, visit Memory Boost.
A number of years ago, I took a Dale Carnegie course while in college, and for a few days we concentrated on memory techniques, that were very similar to what this video shows. In fact I still use what I learned to this day. It goes like this: One Run, 2 Zoo, 3 Tree, 4 Door, 5 Hive, 6 Stick, 7 Heaven, 8 Gate, 9 Wine and 10 Den.
To remember a shopping list, for example, I picture the item, say milk, on a galloping horse (One Run.) The key is to make your picture BIG and vivid -like a gallon of milk as big as the horse, and spilling out the top all over the horse. Then you move on to the second item, toothpaste, and your picture is a monkey with a huge tube of toothpaste squeezing it all over his fellow monkey.
If you incorporate a number of the exercises in these articles, you will see your memory improve, and you’ll have a lot of fun!
——- -> Stephen Bolin
By Robin Erb —Detroit Free Press Medical Writer
Go ahead — do it: Grab a pencil. Right now. Write your name backward. And upside down.
But if researchers and neurologists are correct, doing exercises like these just might buy you a bit more time with a healthy brain.
Some research suggests that certain types of mental exercises — whether they are memory games on your mobile device or jotting down letters backward — might help our gray matter maintain concentration, memory and visual and spatial skills over the years.
“There is some evidence of a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon,” says Dr. Michael Maddens, chief of medicine at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
Makers of computer brain games, in fact, are tapping into a market of consumers who have turned to home treadmills and gym memberships to maintain their bodies, and now worry that aging might take its toll on their mental muscle as well.
But tweaking every day routines can help.
Like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Or . . . . . . . (more)
By Derek Gillette
During the course of my career in senior housing, I have witnessed countless spouses spending their days caring for loved ones; loved ones who, tragically, can no longer remember that they once shared a life together with this dedicated spouse.
The cause of this tragedy is the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
I stumbled upon the book, “Preventing Alzheimer’s” by William Shankle and Daniel Amen, recently.
In this book, Dr. Shankle makes the sobering point that the damage of Alzheimer’s disease begins in our brain cells some 30 years before external symptoms begin, the process starting as early as our 30s and 40s. Alzheimer’s disease is no rare thing either. Current statistics boast that one out of every two families has a loved one who has been diagnosed.
What other disease has a 30 year germination period, affects 50 percent of American families, starts as early as in our 30s, and whose symptoms treat us so cruelly?
The positive news is that the effects of Alzheimer’s can be delayed if the proper prevention techniques are taken early and often enough.Here are some basic principles for memory loss prevention that are good reminders for all of us.
Any one of these things alone may not be overly harmful, but in high doses, or in combination, deficits in these areas can speed up the spread of Alzheimer’s.
Get enough sleep. Eat a good mix of nutritious foods. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Constantly try to learn new skills. Avoid stress and extreme multi-tasking as much as possible. Practice planning, anticipating, and thinking ahead. Participate in activities which require the coordination of multiple body parts at once.
This list is simple enough, but also not overly exciting, which is why I wanted to create a list of “outside the box” activities that combine many of these basic principles, but in a way that makes them more palatable to work into our weekly routines.
1. Write lists, such as grocery lists, but then challenge yourself to not look at the list when shopping unless you absolutely have to. This slows down stress and multi-tasking by forcing us to stop and plan ahead with a list. Then, it forces our minds to try to recall what we have already written. This stimulates those brain channels that we previously accessed, keeping the pathways sharp and clear. Click HERE to read the rest (4 more activities) of this captivating article.