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…
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
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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?
Why are so many people these days doing crosswords and Sudoku?
Who cares about brain fitness? Is it just ‘the latest thing’? or does it really matter? Read more…
Lots of interesting topics this month. Try the Memory Worksheet!.
Download your Free Brain Exercise Worksheet.
It’s a PDF that will print well for you.
If you can improve only ONE aspect of your memory …..
This Is the One!
It isn’t always easy but here’s how you can. Read more…
Can sugar make you forgetful? Slow your brain? A recent study suggests sugar sabotages learning and memory. Whilst we are familiar with the ‘too much sugar causes obesity’ message, little attention has been paid to its impact on mental health. This is changing.
New Zealanders consume a whopping 57.5 kg of sugar a year, more than double the intake recommended by the World Health Organisation. That’s about half a cup a day. Imagine pouring half a cup of sugar into a pile every day, for 365 days! You would have a sugar mountain.
So, what’s the link between sugar and memory? Read more…
MOMENTS of forgetfulness are among those small blows to self-esteem that can lead people to worry about declining intelligence or impending dementia. Those moments of dreadful realisation that you have forgotten an important appointment, the pungent smell of burning reminds you of the vegetables you put on to cook two hours ago? Or worrying in a meeting whether you turned off the heater or locked the door? Read more…
Hello again, Gillian here!
Thank you all for your interest and encouragement as we work together to help baby-boomers and seniors live long and productive lives.
Helen asks Dr. Lamont: Tell me how to remember faces and names?
Helen was so embarrassed. She was introduced to several new people at her Club and later she couldn’t recall their faces and names!
Read Dr. Lamont’s advice to Helen.
Download your free Brain Food Shopping List decorative wall poster.
It’s a PDF that will print well for you.
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Watch Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigour to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100. Dan Buettner is a National Geographic writer and explorer.
Watch the video
Have you ever wondered which supplements are good for you?
This is a frequently asked question. Here is the link to an excellent diagram that demonstrates which supplements are supported by research. It’s called “Snake Oil” because it shows that not all supplements are beneficial. You can get an interactive and spreadsheet version, too, by following the links.
Snake Oil? Scientific evidence for popular supplements
Looking for a useful gift for yourself or a friend?
Brain and Memory Foundation have a number of titles available in paperback or for smartphones, iPad or Kindle.
And there’s a new title just published!
Don’t Lose Your Memory for Busy Executives, Lamont & Eadie, 2012, has been written for those still fulfilling demanding roles at work or in the community. It can be downloaded now as an e-book and will soon be available through Amazon.com as a paperback or Kindle version.
Get the new eBook or find a gift
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Gillian Eadie MEd, BA, Dip.Tchg, LTCL
Allison Lamont, PhD (Psych), MA, MAPS