Do you wish to have a sharp memory? Why not?

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How often do you hear the phrase “You cannot teach an old dog new tricks” when you are up to learn new skills, or “I have a fish memory, I properly have Alzheimer’s” when someone forget to do a task. Our brain is designed in a unique and complicated way. We can level up our memory and contribute to protect it against dementia, memory loss by learning new skills.

Dementia is a syndrome of diseases that are related to cognitive decline. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, and it does not just affect older people. There are approximately 40,000 people diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. The critical question is, what can we do to prevent ourselves from developing dementia? The risk factors for dementia include, but are not limited, little or no mental activity, little or no physical activity as well as smoking, high blood pressure and Depression. Mental stimulation is required to promote brain health.

Improving brain memory:

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Have you ever thought that your brain requires exercise just like your body does? Due to the technology surrounds us, our brain is resting more than ever as it relies on our devices to do basic calculations rather than employing our memory. It feels more secure to set up a reminder in our cellphones for an important meeting, however, this causes our brain to work less and remain rested, which is not beneficial at all. This lack of training our brain results in weakening our memory.

The ability to recall and retrieve information can improve working memory and make the brain perform better in activities. The solution to this dilemma is not only straightforward, but also enjoyable. Our memory can be boosted through, but not limited puzzles and crosswords or any other mental exercises that involve learning new things which are reasonably complex, varied and interesting, and engaging.

Brain games are mostly designed to target memory, attention, or multitasking skills. They are able to keep the brain active, which is essential for building the connections between the brain cells and keep them healthy.

Researchers determined that brain stimulation activity can reduce the risk of developing dementia. Researchers found that people who get brain training were less likely to develop dementia than those who did not. Although brain games remain a controversial topic, they are more likely to contribute to reducing the risk of developing dementia.

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Alternative methods of strengthening your brain connection include learning new skills such as learning a new language, digital photography or drawing. Research has shown that challenging ourselves with unfamiliar tasks that involve the working memory can contribute to keep healthy brain. Researchers also have found that speaking more than one language can slow the risk of dementia.

To this end, it is never too late to learn a foreign language or a new skill that you wish you are master. These activities will boost your memory, and slow mental decline that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is to remember that the brain requires challenges in order to maintain its shape and function. Mental exercises, including brain games, can strengthen the communication between neurons.

 

Arwa Alrehaili


2 Responses to “Do you wish to have a sharp memory? Why not?”

  1. Arwa says:

    Yes, that’s true. Learning a new thing that we are not used to is so useful for our brain. I agree with you it possibly making the connections stronger. This is actually a good sign to encourage us to keep learning as we go and challenge ourselves.

    Thank you for your comment.

  2. Tom Davies says:

    I’ve heard that playing a musical instrument can help with this as well! Especially if you’re always learning to play new pieces or new skills on your instrument. I think it might possibly have something to do with using both sides of your brain and forming bigger and stronger connections between the two hemispheres

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