Thursday, September 22, 2011

Memory Loss: Five Simple Tools to Assist in Remembering

By Anise Cann

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Memory loss is a fact of life for many people. Initially it may be thought of as mere forgetfulness or absentmindedness, but for many it becomes stressful and a challenge for everyday living. Memory loss for many can lead to depression, isolation and possibly danger. Here are five simple tools that can help to alleviate the stress and anxiety that may come with memory loss.

Make a list - Form a habit of making a list or multiple lists. Lists help organize thoughts and prioritize needs. Use a white board and place it in plain view. This may be the refrigerator or on the counter next to the phone. Or, place note pads and pens in those places that are typically used for relaxation, by the chaise or TV chair. Then be sure to cross off the list the things that got done.

Boost your diet - We are what we eat. Foods that contain Antioxidants, Omega 3's, and are high in fiber are memory boosters. Incorporate beans, berries, leafy greens into your diet for needed antioxidants. Omega 3's are essential fatty acids found in fish and other seafood. Fiber is in most fruits and vegetables although eating high fiber cereals, oats and grains is also important.

Play Games - Games of all kinds help to strengthen the mind and probably enhance the minds memory. Add a game or two into the daily routine. Take fifteen to thirty minutes each day to do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku or word find in the daily paper. Or set up a jigsaw puzzle and work at it a few minutes a day. The completed puzzle may also be a source of great satisfaction.

Exercise - Exercise is essential for mind and body. A brisk walk in the park or on a treadmill allows time for thinking and contemplating. It gives the mind serenity time to rejuvenate and allows for creative and expansive thoughts to develop. By adding light weights to the exercise routine, strengthening of muscle and mind is achieved.

Set up routines - Create routines that support easy recognition for daily activities. For example, note the day and date on the daily paper. Then write it on the list created and refer to it as tasks are completed. Tracking the date will help put daily activities into perspective. Also, place a plate or basket by the entrance or exit of your home. Store your keys, wallet and other essentials in this place. Each time you leave and return your essentials are where they ought to be.

Incorporating these five simple tools into the daily activities can strengthen the mind. To do them does not require a lot of additional effort. All of these tools are easily incorporated in daily life. Using them to stimulate memory can be helpful in completing tasks, reducing stress, and add to self-fulfillment. In turn this may add to a sense of sheer happiness.