Although it may seem simple, a major memory culprit in healthy elders is a failure to pay attention. As individuals living in the 21st century, we are continuously bombarded by a slew of information- what some may call information overload. However, there are simple techniques that can be employed in order to best attend to (and remember!) the details of our daily lives.
- Slow Down: By slowing down, the mind has more time to process what you are experiencing, which makes for a better “memory imprint”.
- Focus: Concentration is key to memory enhancement.
- Rehearse the information out loud: By vocalizing what you wish to remember, you allow yourself another opportunity to encode information.
So next time you need to remember a book club book, try summarizing a chapter out loud. Need to remember where you parked your car? Take a moment to repeat the level or number to yourself. Learn the name of a new friend? Pause and match the name to the face. You’d be surprised what a difference focus can make!