Improving Memory

Monday, March 05, 2012

Studies have shown that as we age our short-term memory gets worse, but the aging process has little effect on long-term memory. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on ways to improve your short-term memory.

Dr. Hill:

The older we get, the more likely we are to experience short-term memory lapses. Research indicates that individuals over age 60 have little or no difficulty recalling long-term memories.

Here are some hints for improving and retaining your memory.

Use your strengths. For example, if youre an organized person, put things away in the same place every time.

Think positively. Worrying about normal short term memory loss can make the problem worse.

Write things downuse schedules and lists.

Repeat information to help you remember it.

Review photo albums or yearbooks before you see friends from the past.

Be alert. Pause and think about what youre doing so it registers.

Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Read and challenge your brain with games and puzzles, and

Get enough rest. This will help you focus better.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.