Memory loss in one form or another is a reality that a lot of people have to face as they grow older. What exactly is memory and how can its loss be coped with may not be the hard questions they seem.
So What is The Memory?
In actuality there are two types of what we call memory that we utilize on a day to day basis. There’s our short-term memory which is responsible for recalling what we have done in the recent past, such as, what we had for breakfast or the name of that new neighbor we just met, and there’s our long-term memory that is sometimes referred to as our permanent memory. This is where we store such memories such as what we did last year during our vacation or what gifts we received when we turned eight years old.
So What is Normal Memory Loss?
Every human being receives a constant stream of information relayed to us by our five senses every day. As children we have a natural ability to grasp, retain, and recall this remarkable amount of information with ease. However, as we grow older it is normal for this ability to slow down, stop, and for some over the age of 40, may even reverse slightly. It is in this reversing so to speak that we begin to see memory loss. To be frank, like a saturated sponge, the ability to grasp and keep information just “in our heads” becomes more difficult.
So Can We Compensate For This Normal Loss?
Absolutely! There are many ways to compensate or even improve on fading memory functions. Some of the simpler ways of doing this is to make daily lists of tasks to be done, keep detailed calendars of important events, and/or establish standard places to keep needed items, such as, placing your keys on a hook by the door, and your cell phone on the corner of your desk when not being carried with you.
Another way that mental function can be improved is by exercising your mind on a daily basis with crossword and other written puzzles, or by using timed mind games as a challenge. For example, saying the alphabet or spelling the names of states or countries backwards. It is through these games and other timed daily challenges that the mind and memory will get its real workout and memory function will improve.