We’ve all left our car keys in random places and forgotten where, or walked into a room and couldn’t remember what for and most times, it’s not a big deal, but when it comes to trying to remember a story line that we had or an amazing idea for a twist in a novel, then it can be maddening!
Forgetting things can affect our personal lives too. Let’s say you had planned to visit an Audi Dealer because you’re searching for a new car and you forgot you had also booked in on the same day to meet a friend, it can affect our lives and the people around us. So what can we do about it? Is there anything we can to improve our minds for the future.
Challenge your senses
When you think about how our senses connect with our memories, it becomes easier to train it on your own. Train yourself frequently by connecting visual memories with a smell, for example, and try to incorporate this even as you study for an exam or work presentation.
It will work wonders for your senior family members as well; by smelling something, in particular, you’re developing a strong association to memories. Think about the aromatic fragrances of a perfume you loved in high school, for example, and how the smell stirs up the emotions of when you used to spray it in the toilets in lunch hour. When your older relatives talk about their memories from when they were younger, it will spark many happy memories for them and even for people who are younger, remembering certain memories and incidents can be good for us. Ask your relatives about what it looked like where they grew up, for example, and keep their memories flowing because this is the key to so many things.
Never stop learning
It’s relatively easy to keep learning while we’re still young, and it has been proven that those with higher education tend to enjoy an active and sharp memory for longer. If you have older family members in your life, make sure they are adapting a good daily structure in their lives to encourage learning still. Older people should still be able to enjoy a routine, even if they are retired, they may still like to write poetry or go to church. Look at learning a new language or reading more.
Before an important exam, you’d probably repeat what you learned a hundred times to make sure it sticks. Although a lot of this information will seep back out pretty soon, seeing that we don’t always make use of what we learn in college straight away, you can keep the same mindset in terms of keeping your memory sharp. Diaries are a good way to do this, for example, as you’ll have the opportunity to both write down and re-read your experiences.