(Can't you hear the song from "Cats" running through your head???? Wait....that was "Memories"......)
Okay.....memory is a touchy subject with me. The past three or four years my memory has been shot full of holes, and it's particularly disturbing since I have to remember detail for our company, to care for my mother, to manage the house, for my husband, and for my own interests. I decided to blame it on menopause, firmly announcing to one and all that I would get it back on the "other side."
Well....it's possible that is true. But until then I read everything I can find on memory. (Sometimes more than once. *G*)
Did you know that scientists feel that we begin to loose our memories at age 35? It starts with simple things like misplacing our car keys, or in my case....my purse.
It appears that there are several things we can do to improve our memories. Regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night on a regular basis, eating a diet rich in Vitamin E and C, and taking omega-3 fat suppliments will all help. Isn't it nice that those same things will help us in other ways? Of all those things, perhaps getting adequate sleep is the most important.
There are classes that you can sign up for at colleges and hospitals that will help you learn to focus your mind. If your memory loss is marked, you need to sign up for one of them. Personally, I like to do crosswords. (My mother does them in INK! Disgusting, isn't it?) I'm waiting for someone to tell me that playing Free Cell is GOOD for you! I need to be able to justify the time I've whiled away moving those cards around.
While I work on making those improvements, please excuse me if I forget your name. I'll just hang out a little sign........."Memory under renovation"
UPDATE: I probably need to add a comment to the suggestion about getting enough sleep. In addition to getting seven to eight hours of rest, the research also suggests that your memory will benefit from getting that rest at the same time each day. If you are an early to bed person, make your bedtime nine o'clock each day, and rise at the same time each morning. Dear Husband frequently has to rise at four in the morning, so we have been shifting our bedtime closer to nine. Since I think more clearly in the morning, it makes sense for us to keep the same schedule. Thank God for VCRs!