Have you ever heard these sayings before? "Memory is the first thing to go & quot;, when you get older, you can remember your twelfth birthday but not what you just had for breakfast," "Once you lose it, you'll never get it back,"
Well, there's a grain of trough behind these stereotypes: many people find their memories declining as they age. A recent survey of Americans over forty, conducted by KRC Research & Consulting, found that an estimated 144 million people may suffer from age associated memory impairment (AAMI). It does not have to be as bad as you may fear, through. You can bust this sign of age and keep your memory sharp.
How? There are all kinds of ways- behavioral tricks, mental exercise, and even diet to enhance the memory- building chemicals in your brain. But let's begin first with a brief discussion of how memory works.
The exact neurophysiologic and biochemical processes underlying memory are still not completely understood, but the basics go like this. The brain is composed of billions of cells called neurons. These are interconnected in a vastly complicated network and communicate with each other through chemicals known as neurotransmitters. When a new experience, sensation, or thought arises (say, hearing a now phone number), but in meaningful patterns. For instance, your home phone number is probably stored in association with your home address, images and memories of your office phone or fax.
With this understanding in mind, let's examine how memories can be enhanced at all levels of this process. Some of these rely on basic common sense, but you should realize more fully now why they work. Some are well known, yet people repeatedly fail to use them and then wonder why they keep forgetting things.