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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Make Your Memory Skills STRONG No Matter How Old You Are!

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Some days you wonder what day it is, let alone where the car keys went. Gosh, do I have a clock for you (with thanks to John Kallestad of Day Clocks, who permits me to post his product here.)

I’ve provided simple tips for improving your memorization skills before today. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) just shared more good news in a November 30 2007 press release. Here’s a snippet from that announcement:

"Older adults with pre-existing mild memory impairment benefit as much as those with normal memory function from certain forms of cognitive training that don't rely on memorization, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society."

It means that older adults have the ability to maintain skills that allow them to carry out daily tasks and lead a higher quality of life. All they need is a bit of professional training with their existing cognitive skills (Cognitive Skills mean what you know, plus how you know facts).

The National Institute on Aging and The National Institute on Nursing Research suggest using different types of activities (e.g., word lists, story telling, problem-solving exercises) and focusing on specific areas of the brain to improve memory.

Meanwhile, other evidence shows that if you have a hobby of filling in word or number puzzles, keeping diaries or journals, and of getting regular exercise, then you’re already strengthening your brain power for long-term benefits.

UPDATE: Here's a cool resource:

And here's another: to improve brain health which include physical exercise, good nutrition, mental exercise, and stress management with tips on each.

OH! Remember those car keys I mentioned in the first sentence up above? Here ya go! (Gosh if things were only this easy in real life!)

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