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Memory Spring Monthly

Why Do We Walk into Rooms and Forget?

 Head Scratcher
 
“What did I come into this room for?  What was I going to do?” 
 
These are questions we ask ourselves every day.  Almost every time we’re working on something in one room and then walk into a new one we forget why we came into that room.  Of course then we beat ourselves up and/or we freak out and begin worrying that we’re on our way to Alzheimer’s land.  Well, it’s time to stop worrying.  Recent research shows that it’s a common occurrence and that our brain struggles with changes of scenery. It’s called the “doorway effect.”
 
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame found that when we change our scenery (rooms) our brain forgets things. The researchers tested people in real environments and virtual environments (video games).  It didn’t matter what environment (virtual or real), when people switched rooms they tended to forget many of the things that they had with them and why they were in the new room. 
 

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What is the Right Diet to Improve Your Memory and Brain Health?

Nutrition
 
  
There is a plethora of information on the internet related to foods and supplements that can improve your memory. While a strong case can be made for many of those recommendations, there is new data showing that the best medicine might be a heart healthy diet.
 
A Recent study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital  showed that women who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on memory and thinking tests than women who ate the lowest amount of these fats. This study supports other data that links heart healthy diets to improved brain health and memory.
 
While there are many theories on why heart healthy diets have an impact on memory performance and brain health, the most commonly held belief is related to cholesterol levels in the body. 
 

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Jogging Your Memory

 Hammer to Head - Cropped
We all have moments in the day where me mentally lose it.  We misplace our keys.  We lose a vital phone number.  We forget a familiar person's name. In many cases we freak out, beat ourselves up, and fear that we are losing it.  Don't worry... here are some tips to help you jog your memory. 
 
1) Relax - Instead of freaking out and beating yourself up (and we're oh so good at that), sit back, take some deep breaths and relax.  Relaxing improves blood flow to the brain and gets those synapses working again. It's all happened to us... we get halfway to work, we finally relax, and we have our epiphany... "It's on the night stand!"
 
2) Relive all experiences that connect with the item - Most of us do an excellent job of reliving what we did with the item previously to losing it. What is really happening is that we're using sequencing, which is a powerful memory tool, to help in the recall process. Sometimes you have to go deeper and relive earlier experiences with the item to effectively jog your memory.
 

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Resistance and Endurance Training are Shown to Improve Memory

Weight Lifting
 
In today's memory improvement environment, much is made over the importance of brain exercises to improving your memory and brain health.  While brain exercises are extremely important, it's also important to include physical exercise in your brain improvement regime.  Physical exercise plays a significant part in memory improvement and brain health.
 
New studies have confirmed the importance of endurance and resistance training in improving your memory and brain health. A recent study was conducted by the University of British Columbia.  They recruited a number of women ages 70 to 80 who had been found to have mild cognitive impairment.  Mild cognitive impairment means that their memory and thinking are more muddled than would be expected at a given age. Mild cognitive impairment is also considered a risk factor for increasing dementia diseases such as Alzheimer's.
 

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