Senior Center

Memory problems

Many people, particularly as they get older, have concerns about short-term memory problems: going to another room to do something and then forgetting why you’re...
Cameron Camp, director of the Myers Research Institute, began looking at the Montessori method as a way of helping Alzheimer's patients some 10 years ago. The Montessori method, developed...
What do we mean by word-finding problems? Here are some examples:
Is there such a thing as a photographic memory? Will memorizing lists and speeches improve my memory? I've read that people only use 10% of their brain. Is this true? I seem to have more...
The other day I was sitting in the sunshine in my living room going through some journal articles I'd photocopied. I realized I needed to staple the pages together and went down to my...
What are external memory aids? External memory aids include such strategies as:
A study1 of nearly 2000 older adults has found that eating a Mediterranean diet was associated with less risk of developing mild cognitive impairment
There is a very common form of forgetfulness that is not really a failure of memory. When we get in our car to drive to place A and find ourselves instead on the road to the more...
Except in the cases of stroke or traumatic brain injury, loss of cognitive function is not something that happens all at once. Cognitive impairment that comes with age may be thought of as...
We all know that lack of sleep makes us more prone to attentional failures, more likely to make mistakes, makes new information harder to learn, old information harder to...

Behaviors that affect your memory & cognition

The effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults A number of studies in the past few years have provided evidence that physical exercise can ameliorate the effects of aging on the brain...
Why do we need sleep? A lot of theories have been thrown up over the years as to what we need sleep for (to keep us wandering out of our caves and being eaten by sabertooth tigers, is one of the more...
A study1 of nearly 2000 older adults has found that eating a Mediterranean diet was associated with less risk of developing mild cognitive impairment
What is neurogenesis? Neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — occurs of course at a great rate in the very young. For a long time, it was not thought to occur in adult...
We all know that lack of sleep makes us more prone to attentional failures, more likely to make mistakes, makes new information harder to learn, old information harder to...

Everyday memory strategies

There are two well-established strategies for remembering people’s names. The simplest basically involves paying attention. Most of the time our memory for someone’s name fails because we...
As we all know, rhyme and rhythm help make information more memorable. Here's a few ideas that may help you use them more effectively. Rhythm and rhyme are of course quite separate things, and are...
Remembering a skill is entirely different from remembering other kinds of knowledge. It’s the difference between knowing how and knowing that.
Song is a wonderful way to remember information, although some songs are better than others. Songs that help you remember need to have simple tunes, with a lot of repetition -- although a...