In May of this year, GrownUps published an invitation for readers to take part in a memory trial using ‘Memory Tune’, an on-line memory course designed to reverse memory loss and build brain resilience for confident, independent living in the future. The memory course, produced by the Brain and Memory Foundation, was eight years in development and is firmly based in scientific research. The trial, with groups of 60-75 year-olds in Christchurch and Auckland, was several times over-subscribed, demonstrating how concerned all of us are about what can happen to our memory skills with ageing.
For seven weeks, participants in the study received twice-weekly issues of Memory Tune, packed with information about memory and a variety of practical, brain-boosting exercises and puzzles. Most people spent around 20 minutes a day on the tasks. Everyone was tested before commencement and again at the end of the course.
At the Brain and Memory Foundation, we are delighted with the results. As you can see below, in just seven weeks, improvement was shown in every type of memory tested.
Dr. Lamont was astounded by a 27% improvement in prospective memory. This can be the bane of our lives as we get older and struggle with remembering appointments, that we left the potatoes boiling, and a myriad of other things we have to remember to do. The strategies in Memory Tune work! If this is what happens in seven weeks, just imagine what you can do to ensure a vibrant, reliable memory in six months, or a year…
Figure 1: The difference in the results of July and September testing (%).
Don’t just take it from us! In the words of Memory Tune trial participants:
I have loved your course which has given me a great boost of self-confidence. Gwen
It was really great to see such improvement, and it’s very encouraging to know that one can take active steps to reverse deteriorating memory. The course has been really enlightening and I am sure you must be very excited about the results too. Jenny
Really enjoyed learning all these techniques. A very interesting and worthwhile addition to my life. Many thanks for all your wonderful work. Forever grateful. Kathy
Very enlightening. Learnt extremely valuable lessons Will definitely revisit and redo all exercises. Thank you. Denise
This course is very stimulating. How did you know about all these things where I and my memory are lacking? Peter
If you are interested in this premium brain training course, access will be available soon.
How’s your own memory right now?
If you want to check it out, a great place to start is with your own Memory Check
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do you have your own memory story? We’d love to hear it so do leave us a comment below.
What’s Normal and What’s Not?
Many people over the age of 50 (and maybe even younger) experience mild forgetfulness.
Although these are a wake-up call to pay attention to your brain and memory, if the forgetfulness includes:
• Forgetting parts of an experience
• Forgetting where you park the car
• Forgetting events from the distant past
• Forgetting a person’s name, but remembering it later
Then, your memory loss is mild and would be regarded in the ‘normal’ range. It’s worrying though and, in the view of Dr. Allison Lamont, the Memory Doctor, “it’s time to take stock of your lifestyle and memory habits. Memory can be enhanced at this stage.” Read more…
Some people LOVE Maths
Being able to quickly perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is sure to impress your friends.
The problem is, not all of us picked this up in school.
If you’d like to learn some now, read on …..
Here are some simple tricks Read more…
I Know About Memory Strategies,
But Which Ones Do I Need?
First you need to answer the question:
Is my memory normal?
Use ‘Memory Check’ to find out.
Remember: you can do this on-line, or print it off and complete it by hand.
How to use the Check-list:
- Place the number of your choice into the correct column (e.g. if you think 3 describes your memory performance, place a 3 in the third column across).
- On-line, your scores add downwards automatically. On paper you will have to add them up yourself.
- You then manually add the scores across the bottom of the page to get your grand total.
- To find out what your score means, go to: Memory Check Results
If you have any queries or comments, contact the author: To email us
If you’d like to improve your memory score, sign up for Brain Tune below. It’s free! And we will never share your details with anyone.
Want to read more Brain and Memory Foundation Memory Strategies?
You can read more articles to help improve your memory and brain on our Website: http://brainandmemoryfoundation.org
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We hope you tried every strategy before coming to find the answers!
Memory Strategies Worksheet 5. Read more…
Are you spending more and more time at your computer?
Take action on this memory strategy.
You think your PC or Mac is pretty hot, eh?
Well, did you know this? Read more…
I was downtown last week when I bumped into a woman I haven’t seen for ages. We were just outside a coffee shop, and we both had time, so we went inside to enjoy a chat. I’d just sipped my cappuccino and glanced up as Megan began to tell me about an accident her brother had a month or so ago.
And I knew exactly what she was going to say!
The eeriest feeling came over me as my mind was jumping ahead of her sentences and I only just stopped myself from completing them for her. I haven’t seen Megan for at least two years and I only knew her brother as a little boy when we were all at school together. I couldn’t have known about his accident …… could I? Was this what people call déjà vu?
Shocking headline UK, 2008
I don’t know about you but I had not given a nanosecond’s thought to dementia – in fact, I wasn’t even certain what dementia was, exactly. Something to do with being demented or crazy, maybe …..
So I wasn’t exactly ready for being told that some of the odd things my mother was doing were actually the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease, a kind of dementia.
Like she was thinking it was night time and putting herself to bed in the afternoon. Or forgetting that she had just had lunch and wondering when lunch would be ready …. that sort of thing. What’s really scary, though, is that I’ve caught myself out being a bit forgetful as well and I’m just a baby-boomer. So, being anxious to make sure that I wasn’t on a fast-track to dementia, myself, I’ve done some research. Read more…
Hello everyone, Gillian here!
Our Burmese, Rosie, gave me a lot of ‘help’ with this edition – she’s addicted to computers!
We are delighted to hear how well Memory Tune is going with so many of you. Keep up the great work! Have you any favourite tips or brain-teasers? I’d love to include them for others to enjoy.
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It has made such a difference to my life and how I feel about my memory.
I have been meaning to contact you to thank you so much for that 6 day memory course.
I really can’t thank you enough. I am so impressed with the generosity of your organization. You treated me like someone who had paid huge sums of money for that little free course, in your speedy response to emails etc. Needless to say I have recommended it to many people including my sister who bought your e-book for her kindle. Read more…