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Ways to Keep Your Memory in Check

By Stephen R. Farris

Failing memory is something we all worry about from time to time. While most memory forgetfulness is relatively normal, there may actually be times it should be looked into more.

Some of the normal things impacted by our failing memory are:

  • Recalling names
  • Trying to remember something easy from growing up
  • Losing things, but later remembering where they were
  • Having similar memory problems with people your own age

One of the most common, normal, memory problems is leaving a room to get something in another room, but forgetting what it was when you enter. Most of the time we end up retracing our footsteps until we remember what it was.

When it comes to declining memory, some areas of concern that might cause us to get checked by a medical professional are:

  • Finding yourself lost in familiar surroundings
  • Not remembering key points from an event or from a book that you read
  • Inability to follow storylines in a movie, book, or magazine article
  • Your memory is worse than people your own age
  • Losing things and not being able to find them later

If you find yourself doing some of these, both normal and not so normal, you might try changing a few things around you to help with your ability to remember.

  • Pick a place to keep your keys, smartphone, glasses, and loose change in the same place each day.
  • Focus more when important details are involved.
  • Forget multitasking. Do one task at a time.
  • Try repeating someone's name several times to yourself. It may help you remember it the next time you see them.
  • When conversing with someone, repeat key points back to them.
  • Cut down on distractions when you are studying, reading, or learning something new.
  • Study instructions more than once. It might help you understand better by reading them several times.

As we grow older, it can be more difficult to remember things than when we were younger. It's a normal part of aging. There are many things you can try to help improve memory and keep it as sharp as possible. Try working the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper. Do word search puzzles, or put together a jig-saw puzzle. Plus any of these can be fun to do no matter what your age is.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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