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Memory Care Tips for Lasting Memories

Be good to your brain so it can be good to you!

A healthy brain is a healthy future! The importance of brain health is far more important than most people realize, even though you'd have no life without one! Ask yourself:

Do you value your independence and ability to function in everyday life?

No matter your age, keeping your mental health in check is vital. The choices you make now can determine your well-being for the rest of your life! Reflect on how many functions your brain manages.

  • Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Thoughts
  • Sight
  • Smell
  • Hearing
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Bodily Systems
  • Communication
  • Comprehension
  • Planning
  • Reading
  • Processing
  • Math & Problem Solving
  • Memory
  • Motor Functions

It only weighs about 3 pounds and you'll carry it around for life as the core of your being! Thank your mind for the blessing it is, and always care for it in the best ways possible for longevity and well-being.

Your brain = your life = your future! It's up to you!

Simple Memory Care Tips

1. Repeat Everything

From names to phone numbers, and even reading aloud, your memory will benefit from repetition! Try learning a new language or spelling difficult words to build a powerful brain with the strength to maintain its own wellness!

You can start this tip today when driving from work, waiting for an appointment, anywhere!

2. Stimulate Your Routine

Try taking a different route to your destination, brush your teeth or scribble with another hand. Changing up anything in a day creates a new thought process to get your mind working!

3. Hand-Write Notes & Information

Use your memory, not your devices! These days, it's for more common to type your writing and save critical information into electronics. You barely have to remember anything anymore, until you forget where you kept it all!

If you want to commit things to memory, do it the WRITE way: write it down! Even if you don't read your note ever again, studies show you're much more likely to remember something you wrote than not.

4. Take a Brain Break

With technology clogging up our brains with videos, music, reminders, computers and more, it's incredibly important to walk away from devices and be mindful of our surroundings. Get outdoors for a brisk walk and enjoy your me-time. Meditation also helps many people around the world refresh their minds, find clarity, and stimulate a healthy self with reflection and deep thinking - all things to help your cognitive well-being!

5. Visualize

One of the most effective ways to remember something is to associate it with a visual image and repetition. Did you meet that new neighbour and find out her name is Sandy? Associate her name with the thought of a sandy beach! If she gave you a hand, call her Handy Sandy! It's fun to think of connections and it will help you remember the smallest of things in life.

Dream & Doodle

Use your imagination to stimulate your mind! Think of a dream getaway or a wishlist and doodle out each part to awake some new creativity in yourself. Consider learning to draw, paint, or take an art class to create. Not only will you make new memories, but you'll maintain the brain that stores all the others too!

Journal & Plan

Try keeping a book around. Jot down your thoughts and experiences and use it to schedule your daily tasks and meals in writing. All of these activities promote a sustainable & active mind, personal wellness and functional cognition.

  • Reflect back on life & precious memories
  • Meal plan to stay organized & eat well
  • Schedule your day to save time
  • Reduce stress by keeping a journal around as an outlet
  • Improve your memory through repeating information by writing

Challenge Yourself to Less Technology

In a world obsessed with more, it's hard to think of less. In this case, think of less technology: try to go as long as you can without using something electronic and see how far you can get. It's a great practice in mindfulness and conservation! Schedule time each and every day of tech free time blocks and swap the tech time for quality brain improvement time!

Read Real Books

Books are filled with stimulation to maintain an active mind! For those concerned with memory, there's still worth to flipping pages over e-Readers. A real physical book is something you hold, contains a story, and doesn't change - it's easy on your brain, and doesn't expose you to radiation or eye strain. Books promote simple interactions as well as literary cognition.

Best of all, much like your brain, you don't have to recharge books or pay for a wireless connection!

Do Something Tactile

Reach out and touch the world. From puzzles to plants, try different forms of art and crafts to stimulate your mind and make life fun. There's so much you can do, even just around the house!

  • Scrapbooking
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Pottery
  • Chess / Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Gardening
  • Cooking

Take some time to find new ways to interact with part of the world that piques your interest to develop and improve your memory and overall brain health.

Memories Are Made with Loved Ones

Ditch your electronics for something that matters. Spend quality time with family!

Regular communication with loved ones will help you stay emotionally connected and develop invaluable memories that no device could ever make. Why watch a moment, when you could create one?

In the end, all that matters is memories and enjoying those precious moments. Don't live in a text or email - go out for coffee or dinner, take awalk, or lend a hand; our lives were meant to be shared and be lived without regret!

Improving your memory isn't complicated - be mindful of incorporating healthy habits that include proper exercise and limit your use of brain-draining technology. Look for new ways to stimulate your mind using your own abilities and be proud of the life you live! It's your choice how you live; don't you want to stay smart and independent?