My grandmother was my best friend. Truly a woman I've always admired and looked up to for most of my life. Unfortunately, she only lived to her 75 years of age. Alzheimer's and Dementia got the best of her but I often wonder, if doctors would have caught it sooner would she still be here?
See, back in the day our seniors really didn't trust nor believe in going to the doctors. They always turned to home remedies to cure any ailment. Such as, "Vicks cures it all, even a heartbreak" is what I've always heard in my household. Although there is not a cure for these diseases, maybe testing would've made my grandmother lived just a little longer. The worse part of all this is that Alzheimer's and Dementia are diseases that have run amuck through my mother's side of the family. So in reality, there may be a chance that it will hit me as well when I get older. I have started trying to do everything possible to keep my brain focused like reading a lot and anything to improve my memory. While researching I came upon these great tips for improving your memory that I would like to share.
Repetition: if you find yourself forgetting a lyric to a song or a bible verse, keep repeating it and rehearsing it until you've memorized it.
Exaggeration: learn a new hobby, a new skill, or even a new language. Challenge yourself to read more than 100 books in one year.
Association: if you have your mind on one thing, associate it with something else to help you remember.
Chunking: this is one great tool I've learned in a psychology class where you take various pieces of information like a jigsaw puzzle and group them together to create a whole.
Visualize: If you're a visual learner like me, keeping pictures of things has always helped me to memorize.
Cheers to keeping our memory in balance and improving daily!