You can be young and worry about your memory, or you may be aging and terrified that you are losing your memory. Let’s look at why you would feel that way, and then talk about some techniques you can do at home to improve your memory.
The University of Maryland Medical Center website states the following:
“Dementia is a term that describes the loss of cognitive function, usually because of damaged brain cells. It includes memory loss and at least one of the following: difficulty with language, impaired movement, and inability to plan and initiate appropriate behaviors socially or at work. People with dementia may not be able to care for themselves by getting dressed or eating; they may have trouble balancing their checkbook and may get lost in familiar settings.”
That’s some pretty scary stuff, and definitely more worrisome than forgetting where you put your car keys or even where you parked your car when you come out of the grocery store (I think we have all done that a time or two, right?).
There are proven ways to sharpen your memory at every age. The more you practice with these tools we share today, the more you will be effective in using them. Without practice and effort, you cannot have a good memory.
An added benefit is that most of these techniques are very useful in everyday living.
Techniques That Can Improve Your Memory
One popular tool to improve your memory is mnemonics which are techniques to remember information that is very hard to recall. The general idea in using mnemonics is to instill hard-to-recall-information in a way that can easily be remembered.
Your brain is very complex. It can encode and interpret sophisticated data such as colors, images, sound, tastes, positions, and language. These stimuli are used to create a visual image of your world, and your memories are used to store these images.
- Pictures – you can use microphone to recall your friend mike or wind for Wendy. Always use positive images because the brain tends to block unpleasant images
- Words. You can use words that start with the first letter of each word that can represent the initial of what you want to recall. Musicians usually recall the lines of a staff E, G, B, D, and F by memorizing the words “Every good boy does fine.”
- Acronyms. These are initials that can create words. Musicians recall the spaces in a treble staff by memorizing the word FACE.
- Rhymes. Most of us have learned that 30 days hath September, April, June and November.
- Humor. By giving exaggerated symbols to associate facts and figures can be pleasing to brain coding because it is funny and it will be easier to remember.
2. Roman Room System
Roman Room System – this technique is usually employed in learning a new foreign language. You can easily learn words while visiting a town with common things that you can see. You can learn new nouns if you can visit the town square and try to be familiarized with the counterpart of common names.
3. The Peg Word System
The peg word system is used to help you remember a list in a specific sequence. However, before you can do this, you need to memorize a roster list of peg words. Generally, there are two major ways to do this. Take a closer study of these methods first, and then choose which one you want to use. Alternatively you can use a little bit of imagination and use both methods. The first method is very easy that anyone can use it. Just use numbers 0 to 10 and relate rhyming words with each of these digits.
The best method is to recall words for all numbers pegged from 0 to 99 using another system, the number alphabet. This will greatly help you to form a relation without having to recall a laborious array relation with number rhymes. Alternatively, if you can use peg words, you are ensured to get the right number by using consonant and transforming them to numbers. A longer list is more effective because you will avoid excessive recycling, thus your brain will be less likely to be confused.
But, it will take a longer time for you to memorize. However, once you recalled the peg words, you will be benefited by the list permanently, and you don’t need to recall them ever again.
There you have it. Several techniques that you can use every day to help improve your memory. Work them into your daily life. Schedule them a few times per week if that fits your schedule better. If you have time available daily, you will get the best results.