According to neuroscientist Richard Restak, a clinical professor at George Washington University Hospital for Medicine and Health, it is possible to prevent memory decline. He teaches this through his new book, “The Complete Guide to Memory: The Science of Empowering the Mind.”
In the book in question, Restock, presents tools for performing memory-stimulating exercises, explains how sleep habits and eating habits are affected in this sense.
The book is the result of years of study in in-office clinical care. The doctor explains that there are 3 divisions of memory, working memory, instant memory and long term memory, but focus on solving everyday problems associated with working memory. For Restak, there are “sin” that can trigger memory loss.
how to strengthen memory
to be in a meditative state
For neuroscientists, short memory lapses should not be linked to cognitive decline, but to a problem related to lack of attention. To solve this problem, one should try to put new information in the mind, that is, learn new things.
Challenge Yourself to Memory Everyday
The brain always needs challenges that exercise memory. One example, proposed in the book, is not to consult a shopping list when entering a supermarket. And force the memory of what was written on the list. Another example is driving without using GPS. According to a small study, people who use GPS continuously have more memory loss.
devote time to sports
Offering sports challenges such as chess or bridge helps with working memory.
According to Restack, failure to read novels is an indicator of memory problems. Reading a novel connects the reader from the beginning to the end of the story. Because, to understand the plot it is necessary to remember the memory of the previous pages.
focus on technology
While storing all possible information on a cell phone makes life easier, it also limits the use of memory capacity. According to the author, this is called ‘technical distortion’, storing all the information on a single device indicates that you know nothing, over time this can lead to cognitive decline.
having a mental health professional by your side
Depression is a disease that can affect memory. Also, if you have a bad mood, your brain tends to remember sad events.
This is because the areas of the brain that manage emotions are directly linked to the areas that act on memory.
understand cause for concern
Not all memory lapses indicate problems, as it’s normal to forget where you put your car keys, or to buy a certain item you really need.
If episodes of forgetfulness recur and you forget where you live, or the name of someone you have been related to for a long time, there is only one reason to be concerned. It is best to consult a doctor in such cases.