Bolster the longevity of your memory

Memory lapses is normal at every age but when family and friends keep reminding you of your memory lapses, you may have issues with your memory.


  1. Pay attention
    Too often we do not pay enough attention when getting information at the very outset. We are distracted and so we get it only partially.
  2. Find regular everyday memory challenges
    Exercise your memory. Use written lists but try to use them from memory. So when you go shopping, keep your written list in your pocket and try to shop from memory.
  3. Play games
    Playing any kind of game, bridge, or chess requires flexing the memory.
    Try recalling all of Canada’s Prime Ministers: how many can you name; name them in alphabetical order, reverse alpha order.
    All of these things demand effort and energy from your memory.
  4. Read more novels
    Fiction is better for your memory energy, as you must recall things that have happened earlier in the novel to maintain the story flow. So bios are good, but fiction is better.
  5. Beware of technology
    Technology makes you reliant on the device rather than on your memory. Recall phone numbers from your memory, using your phone’s contact list only as a last resort when you cannot recall a phone number.
    Technology also diminishes your focus. When you have email going, a news story, a video clip, and a Wordle going on at the same time on your computer, your focus is decimated. Instead, work on one item only and your memory will be focused and dedicated to a single task.
  6. Work with a mental health professional if you need to
    Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you need to consult with a professional. They can help with your self-assessment and self-recognition in relation to your moods and emotions, and facets of your life that will affect your recall.
    Depression is often a major factor in memory failures. Have a professional diagnose your emotional state if you feel the need. Pay attention to family and friends who point out difficulties they see you have.
  7. Determine whether there is cause for concern
    Not all memory lapses are problematic. For instance, not remembering where you parked your car in a crowded lot is pretty normal. Forgetting how you arrived at the parking lot in the first place, however, indicates potential memory issues.
    There is no simple solution to knowing what should be of concern, Dr. Restak said — much of it is context-dependent. For instance, it’s normal to forget the room number of your hotel, but not the address of your apartment. If you’re concerned, it’s best to consult with a medical expert.

Your family or friends may be giving you fair warning signals when they point out that you forgot this or did not remember that. Give them fair consideration if they keep telling you about memory problems. Then consult a professional.

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