What Can I Do for Memory Improvement? There are several outside forces that can affect one's memory. As has been found in many other areas, diet is one link to impairing memory. Another well-known affecter of our memory is lack of physical exercise. Of course, there are foreign substances we put into our unsuspecting bodies, such as drugs or alcohol, even prescription drugs can have a negative effect. Injuries or traumatic events can affect memories, as can diseases. Inadequate mental and indeed even spiritual stimulation has long been known to damage our minds, bodies and emotions. Let's explore the life stressors in connection with memory impairment. If you have a life that is in turmoil on a daily basis, unorganized and over packed with activities, never allowing yourself adequate care, your memory is certain to develop some degree of suffering. It is surely something that will require some thought and time to repair. You must first take stock of your priorities. How well do you care for your mind and body? Maybe you think a quick rush to the gym will do the trick. The key here is 'rush'. Rushing around is one area where we cause our mental health to suffer. Long-term turmoil is not our friend, and rushing is something that can become an unwelcome habit. Some people who crave a smoother, more relaxing routine have to actually be taught how to achieve it because they have become so accustomed to rushing through their day. There may be more than one area you'll have to change in your life to obtain memory improvement. One important step to healthy memory function is to get more oxygen to your brain. Proper blood flow and plenty of oxygen are two factors that must not be overlooked. You can achieve these by learning breathing exercises. This can help clear your mind, give it a boost, and relieve stress. Even if it is only temporary, it is still an important step in beginning your journey to memory improvement. Another important step to improvement is eating properly. A well-rounded diet can benefit in many ways, and often the benefits to memory function are overlooked. The diet can affect the physical health, obviously. But if you aren't in good physical health, how can you also be in the best health mentally? The mind depends on the body to work at its best for the mind to work well. What about the living environment? Can a dirty home affect your memory? Maybe it sounds absurd, but yes, it can. If your senses are constantly subjected to anything negative, it will begin to affect your brain health. A clean home doesn't just look better, it can increase your happiness and sense of peace, which will in turn calm you and allow your mind and memory to focus on more productive thoughts. Not only does the sight of your clean home allow improvement in your life, the smell of a clean home can be uplifting as well. So, bring out those candles or potpourri, room sprays, and cleaning supplies! Various Ways To Improve Memory So you have forgotten where have you kept your spectacles once again. You have tried finding it everywhere only to realize there it is dangling on your head. These circumstances not only make you feel a butt of jokes but starts questioning your state of mind. If this continues to happen on a daily basis it can disgust not you alone but everyone around you. Far too many people suffer memory loss but it typically depends on the frequency of forgetting. Today's lifestyle is so demanding that we have barely anytime for ourselves this often leads to important information or at times generic information slipping thru our brain. To add to the woes the diet that we take barely does anything to replenish our brain Unhealthy habit sans exercises has left us living a robotic life. But unfortunately unlike robots our brains are not fitted with computers and it depends on healthy habits, right diet and proper exercise to improve memory. Following are the various ways to improve memory: One should exercise regularly to keep the mind and body active and attentive. As they say healthy body houses healthy brain. One can also improve memory by keeping the brain active by actively participating in brainteasers and games. One such easy and good game is "Memory" that can be played with a pack of playing cards. The best part about this game is that it can be played alone and with as many as four people. All one has to do is to spread the card evenly on a surface and lift and match the characters. If the characters do not match place the card back to where it was picked up from and wait until after a few chances a match is available and remember where the previous character was laid in the entire bunch of cards. The one who matches more cards wins. Or if you like to play with words try playing scrabble another word game that can challenge your memory and will shake up your vocabulary treasure trove. These games help improve memory and physiological functioning. Learning new skills also helps the motor capacity of brain by challenging it. Joining a language school to learn a new language can be quite helpful other than this learning to play new instruments can also be more involving and mentally stressing. Taking the help of technology is also not a bad idea. As more and more computer games are developed one can try to play games that is refreshing and challenging. The coordination it develops between the mind and hand is also great for motor development. Exercise and Yoga helps to keep mind fresh by helping its concentration power to develop thru meditation. It helps our body in two days, first by relaxing our body and second by developing our alert system. The better circulation of blood helps to bring tandem to our brain thereby improving its efficiency. Relaxation is equally an important element of physical well being for body and brain. As stress causes remembering to become difficult and lose focus. Serious stress related problems calls for a physical examination by a doctor as it can lead to other problem such as insomnia that detoriates mental health and makes memorizing miserable. Our busy schedule barely allows us to keep sync with our body and brain and leads to serious illness leading to destabilize our memory functions. If our brain is involved in various things the same time it can barely concentrate on one thing and makes for a terrible memory. So in order to improve memory we first need to alter our lifestyle and indulge in good health practices such as regular exercising and healthy eating. To Improve What? Oh Yes, Memory! How many times have you had the exact word you needed on the tip of your tongue only to have it tease and evade your memory? Who hasn't written a list to remember and then forgotten the list! Or perhaps you asked someone to help you remember and they forgot. Maybe you hid something from yourself in a special place you were sure to recall and spent weeks searching for the item because you forgot where you hid it. How many Easter eggs have been hidden, only to rot several days later because the person who hid the eggs forgot where they put them? What about that person you spent weeks secretly adoring, finally got the perfect chance to make their acquaintance, and then suffered a mental freeze? Was a bill paid late because you forgot to make a note on your calendar, notes you try to remember to transfer from each month previous? Did you forget someone's birthday, someone like your child or parent or, Heaven forbid, your spouse? Did you forget to feed your dog, and then get angry because he's persistently trying to get your attention while you're busy with an important call? Was that you who were asked by your loving wife or husband to bring a drink on a hot day of yard work, while your loved one tolls away with their chores as you relax in the air conditioning? Oops! Sorry, honey. By the way, that silly doctor's office called, you missed your appointment you were adamant they squeeze into their busy schedule. Oh, dear, was that today? Sometimes it seems that no matter what we do to try to jog our memories, they betray us at the worst possible moments. Children are forgotten at school, standing in the car pick-up line. The groceries are left to ruin in the back seat of the car because the phone rang just as you opened the front door. A bag is left at the store holding something you bought that shows on your receipt, but got lost because of the many bags you had to maneuver into the buggy while holding the crying baby. A cup is balanced on top of a vehicle, only to topple off as the driver pulls away. Every day people somewhere complain about memory loss, mostly temporary and short-term memory loss. Many times it is simply a result of preoccupation and jammed, hectic schedules. Sometimes it is from lack of sleep due to illness of one's self or one's child, or a night spent in a hospital by a loved one's side. Proper rest and relaxation are important for normal mental function. Harried families often neglect to even allow themselves relief on a vacation, often times returning more tired and mentally stressed than before their trip. Yet, the solution can be so simple as to be overlooked. What is the answer? Take care of yourself. Learn how much is too much and start saying no, whether to yourself or to someone needing just a tiny little favor that throws your whole schedule out of whack when you are already stressed enough. The Words Evade Me If you've ever felt like you're losing your mind because you're drawing mental blanks more often it's time to examine your cause for memory loss. Sometimes there is more than one change to be made for a person to get back to normal with their ability to remember. Are you stressing yourself too much by taking on too many projects at once? This will cause you to become preoccupied, and you may feel as though you can't afford to take the time to relax and recharge your brain. But to do the best job no matter what the job, one must take care of oneself. Besides the physical damage of overworking, over-thinking will lead to mental meltdown. Your short-term memory will begin to suffer, causing you to forget even the simplest of words. So, first consider if there is anything you can do to ease your burden, like learning to say no when you already have too much on your agenda. Let someone else take over when possible, delegate responsibilities, learn to stop giving so much of yourself that you begin to suffer because of it. It's easy to do too much for your loved ones, especially. Mothers (or fathers) decide that something may be done faster or done in a more satisfactory way, so they neglect to allow their children to handle things they are really quite capable of doing. Hence, an overworked and harried mother, who begins to lose her keys or wallet, forgets to put gas in the car, neglects to put the school gym clothes in the wash, can't remember a neighbor's name that they have seen and spoken to often, or calls his or her child by their other child's name. Maybe the children won't do the chore exactly as you do or as quickly as you or as well as you, but the child can't learn how to perfect their efforts unless they perform trial and error. Give them the benefit of the doubt and accept their imperfect achievements whenever possible. Gentle guidance and praise are the keys here. There are health reasons that can cause our words to escape us. Short-term memory loss is one of the drawbacks to having diabetes. If you struggle with your blood sugar levels, you are sure to have memory challenges from time to time. Motivation, the proper diet and medication, along with strict self-discipline will get the situation back under control and the memory should return to normal. There is an old phrase that goes 'Use it or lose it'. Sometimes we can retain our sanity and our memory loss just by making the effort to exercise our brains. Besides the benefits of physical exercise, mental exercise is also essential to overall health. Take up a new activity, something to make you think, some way to present a challenge to your mind. Of course, you want to avoid having to try too hard or you'll just become discouraged. Take baby steps if necessary, keeping up with each accomplishment and making each new challenge a bit harder. Besides improving your ability to recall words, this will boost your self-esteem. The Study of Memory Improvement There has been more than one study on how to improve memory and reasons for memory loss. Let's review some causes for impaired memory. Suppose you decide you need help enduring a nerve-racking airplane ride, so you swallow one of the calming, hypnotic prescription drugs designed for insomniacs and sufferers of panic attacks or anxiety. These are drugs like alprazolam, triazolam, or zolpidem. (One well-known drug that has become more popular just in the past few years is Ambien.) Unfortunately, a side effect of such a drug is a condition also known as 'traveler amnesia'. Normally, once a person stops the use of the prescription drug that caused the amnesia, memory begins to improve. Even though you should always be aware of the side effects of any drug, it is possible that something new will develop that wasn't discovered in the study of the drug. Also, because each person is unique, a drug may cause a reaction only one person may experience. Another study done on memory loss involves head trauma. This can lead to transient post concussive syndrome. Symptoms are mental dullness, poor memory, depressed mood, and headaches. These symptoms can last a few days or a few weeks. Often after a tragedy such as a vehicle accident that causes extensive head injury, the resulting concussion brings immediate mental confusion. Other ways to obtain head trauma include hitting a head during a hard fall, something heavy falling on the head, or someone hitting your head with a hard object (accidentally, or during a fight). There have been a large number of studies done regarding memory impairment caused by diseases or psychological problems. With a disease there is hope of improvement, depending on how far the disease has progressed before proper help was obtained. Also, science and technology constantly allow more information to be discovered. As for psychological problems, there is treatment for the underlying problems through psychiatric care, counseling, and medication. Often the memory can be used as a healing tool against itself, such as through reliving an event to better understand why memories were blocked. An important thing to understand in many cases of memory impairment is that repetition may be crucial to positive progress. We must teach ourselves to do something over and over until we can unconsciously remember because of habit. Some people are creatures of habit and can only get through their days with the most success if they stick to their routines. Anything that deviates from their routine can cause anxiety and throw their mental balance off course significantly. Their routine becomes their mental and emotional security blanket. Several types of animals have been used in laboratories as a basis to study memory improvement. Hence the old mouse in a maze routine! Dogs can be taught to win contests by their abilities to remember and follow set courses with obstacles. Orangutans have been taught to learn sign language because of their ability to grasp and remember. Lost cats have found their way home after extensive travel. So, the study of memory continues to amaze and confound science and the medical world! Why Would You 'Memorise'? The English language is a complex language in the way that it makes words sound different from the way they are spelled. The meanings can vary greatly as well, but the spelling can be a bigger challenge. The word memory has several different words associated with it, such as memories, memorization, memorize, memo, memorandum, memorized, memorizing. Then you have words like mnemonic, which is of or helping the memory. The word remember, means recall, which is to bring back to the memory. Recollect means remember. But the spelling itself may confuse someone. Some people mistakenly spell the word memorize with an s, as in 'memorise'. They both sound similar. After all, the word sunrise is spelled with an s. Then you have the saying, 'rise and shine'. The word horizon is spelled with a z. Confused yet? It's completely understandable! There's the word arouse, spelled with an s. Mesozoic is spelled with both the s and the z, as is mesmerize. Magazine uses the z. So, if you misspell the word and use 'memorise' instead, don't worry. Many people confuse the spelling. No wonder it is hard for some children (and adults who speak another language) to memorize spelling! It is a wonder a search engine can find the words you want in the correct spelling. But the wonderful thing about search engines is, even if you spell the word memorise instead of the correct way, the wonderfully knowledgeable computer can work its magic and send you in the right direction! The brain has to process a ton of information just in the early phases of learning. To exercise and improve the memory is one of the most beneficial processes of getting to the next phases of life, education, and business (later on, of course). Some say that a babe in the womb can exercise its memory by the mother's use of classical music during its development. It stimulates the mind, which stimulates the learning process, and memory is the key to the learning process. Some mothers-to-be will play educational tapes or cds to their unborn children. Some people encourage the memory process by listening to recordings while they sleep. There have been students who listen to their studies while they sleep. Some attempt to learn another language this way. Hypnosis can help in this way as well, to those who are susceptible to such. There are programs that use hypnosis to help people stop smoking and lose weight, and gain self-confidence. It embeds the information in the self-conscious, so the mind will remember and use it when necessary. Beepers are invented to help find lost keys, tape recorders are used in class to help recall important information for passing tests, memo pads sell every day in office supply stores. So, don't despair if you have a little trouble remembering how to spell. Try using a recording while you sleep to get your memory in top shape and enhance your spelling abilities. Try taking a seminar on memory, reading books on the subject, watching videos, or grab a friend and take a class together. The memory is the key to success. What Goes In Must Find a Way Out There has been a story written about a lady who suffered a traumatic experience. She went into a coma, never expected to return to reality as we know it. Her reality became a recollection of stories written by a well-known author of many years past. Her mind lived in the stories she had read. This was discovered because she did occasionally speak, but not in conversation or in response. She spoke sentences from the stories, never more, never less. The memory is complex, often misunderstood and underrated. People who suffer from coma, psychological complexities, children with learning disabilities, and people who get amnesia are often a mental mystery. Amnesia confounds those who watch a friend or loved one who suffers from it. No one can ever really know how much someone in a coma can hear, understand, and remember. Children are often misunderstood before being diagnosed with a particular learning disability. Someone with a brain tumor may have plenty of information stored in their memories that eventually becomes too muddled to process. They lose their ability to make sense of the memories they contain. Social phobia is another crippler of memory. When put in the spotlight, a person can become physically distressed, sometimes severely suffering by having anxiety or panic attacks. It is embarrassing to say the least. The confidence level drops dramatically, making it extremely hard to overcome this fear. But it is an irrational fear, and there is hope. A determined person can be taught to overcome a phobia such as this by putting themselves in situations that allow for gradual building of confidence. Each small step towards recovery is a step towards a stronger self-esteem and opens the door to endless opportunities. Thus, the memory loss connected to such can eventually become something the person is able to joke about. This, in turn, can put others at ease, who have suffered the same set-backs, and give them hope and courage to laugh at their fear. Anytime a person is put on the spot, it can cause temporary memory loss. Singing in front of a church congregation, however small, can make a person feel as though the whole world is watching and waiting for them to make a mistake. Giving an oral book report in class can terrify young children. Stage fright can cripple a potential acting career. It is possible that a person can overcome such paranoia with coaching and the willpower to succeed. If you are faced with making an impression in a work environment, the embarrassment of forgetting a name could become the basis for teasing at your expense. Try some helpful word association. Learn to choose words that describe new people you meet to help you recall their names. An example would be "Silly Sally" or "Hyper Henry". All it takes is some effort and tricks to strengthen your ability to remember. Practice and dedication are the keys. Eventually, what goes in will find it much easier to make its way back out! The Stress Of Alzheimers There is no cure for Alzheimer but care and cure can go along way in improving the condition as the disease is considered to be life threatening and has no permanent cure whatsoever. However, alternative medicine help is being sought in order to help the condition. These includes herbs and dietary supplements. But the challenges faced by alternative medication are that the safety and effectiveness is unknown. Purity is also an issue, as FDA has no authority over supplement production. Side effects and reactions are goes unnoticed and documented in most cases and closes the door to further research. Consumers rarely read the warnings and in some cases they are not even documented on the product. Most of the supplements are known to counteract with the prescribed medication and can seriously accelerate one or more adverse reactions. According to a recent study 1 out of 10 elderlies suffer from this disorder and by 2050 14 millions in America are probable to suffer from this disease. The disease has seven stages and the duration of suffering varies from three to twenty years. The disease is inherited in most cases. In few cases it is acquired due to physical illness clubbed with irrational habits such as drugs, drinking and smoking. As the disease is labeled as the most complex disease any permanent cure has not been reached as of yet. People from Alzheimer suffer for years, and their sufferings are not limited physically but more so psychologically and emotionally. Eventually they die after suffering for 6 years after diagnosis however their neurological system is affected by disease much before that at times even for twenty to twenty five years. The worst experience for the patients is that they die in midst of strangers as they forget their family and friends and keep tracing their identity till they are consumed by the disease completely. But it becomes all the more difficult for the people who take care of the patient, as they have to cope with stress in all orders from physically, financially and emotionally. Their resources are consumed in the medication for the illness that can continue for years altogether without any hope of recovery. They can make it more comfortable for the patient by sticking names on the photograph of family members and keep it in view of the patient. They can also stick tags on drawers on the basis of its content. Placing a list of phone number of doctor, friends and relatives also helps the person incase he wants to reach anyone. By keeping the person involved in favorite activities can keep the stress of recalling at bay. In the late stages of his disease religious books could be read out to him and music can be played to soothe him. But nothing comes close to the physical proximity of near and dear ones at such time of distress. During all this while stress is sure to take a toll on the caregiver so the caregiver must enroll in relevant forums and community service organizations. All this while many emotions can victimize the caregiver such as grief, guilt, anger, embarrassment, and loneliness. Discussions with other caregivers help in venting out feelings and sharing different techniques to further ease their job. As there is nothing as intriguing as to see the near one suffer and nearing to death. At times it can be physically challenging too. So help should be sought such as hiring day care or nurses at a later stage. The Memory of the Mind Have you ever heard someone say an elephant never forgets? Maybe someone you know was compared to an elephant in a similar way, as in having the memory of an elephant. The mind of an animal can be substantially large in its learning capacity, using memory to perform amazingly in many ways. The mind can shut down memory, temporarily or permanently, depending on whether or not what it endured was a traumatic event that the mind just refuses to access or a scant bump to the head. People have protected themselves subconsciously by disengaging the memory. The mind sometimes seems to play tricks on us by confusing one memory with another. Sometimes this causes the person to be unable to function in society. What seems to be a problem with memory can actually be a problem with the processing of information going into the mind. Prescription medicines can sometimes affect the memory, especially if you choose to combine a dangerous mixture. Even over-the-counter medications have to be closely monitored in their ability to work well with each other or with certain prescription medications. Prescription medications can also improve your ability to use your memory, clearing up other health problems that might interfere with your mind's performance. The mind is complex in its capabilities, but without memory it cannot perform even the simplest of tasks. The body depends on memory to function. How would we brush our teeth if we couldn't remember the process of adding the toothpaste, wetting the toothbrush, putting it in our mouths, scrubbing the teeth, and the rinsing? Such daily tasks are overlooked in importance because they become mundane repetitions in our memory. A person who is preoccupied may not even recall the task of brushing the teeth. Animals have a sense that allows them to remember whether or not a person has been cruel to them. They may store the information in their memory and act upon it at a later time, sometimes unsuspectingly getting their revenge. A dog being trained for police work has to remember which person in uniform is its master. It has to retain enough information to perform acceptably in each working, many times dangerous, situation. The dog has to remember many types of scents and commands. Miniature horses have been trained to lead the blind around noisy, busy environments. The horse must have adequate memory to pass the necessary requirements to be a guide animal. The blind person's life depends upon the memory of the miniature horse every day and night for as long as they are together. A blind person must have the ability to use other senses besides their eyes. Their memories have to be capable of helping them function in their own homes. If something is out of place, their routines will suffer, and possibly an injury will occur. The memory is the storage capacity of the mind. Often neglected, often unappreciated until something occurs to help us take notice of just how important it is to our well-being. The Dangers of Memory Loss One cause of memory loss is from sleep deprivation. Have you ever gone to school or work in your house shoes because you were too sleepy to remember to change shoes? Have you locked yourself out of your home because you were still groggy from lack of restful sleep only to remember (too late) that your house and car keys were still lying on the kitchen table? Have you put your sunglasses atop your head, then searched frantically for them because you forgot? Sometimes memory loss can be funny. It is sure to give you a few silly stories that produce giggles. Undoubtedly, memory loss will serve to uncover forgotten tales of another person's experiences. Even little children can recall instances of memory loss resulting from lack of sleep. Memory loss can also be dangerous. Sometimes it will prove lethal, sometimes just unfortunate. The sleep deprived will suffer memory loss as though in a brain fog, walking around in a daze, unable to focus, sometimes with a blank expression. Observe a class of teenagers or college students after a popular festive weekend. There is sure to be someone in the crowd with a blank stare or head hanging from exhaustion, possibly with their mouth open as they 'zone out'. Worse cases of memory loss from sleep deprivation would be to forget medication you'd already taken, taking it again and suffering severe side effects, possibly becoming hospitalized as a result. If you became too sleepy to remember to turn off a burner on a stove, it could cause a house fire, possibly injuring some child you left home alone or an elderly person in your care. Maybe you're a young mother and weren't prepared to expect the sleep disturbances of a newborn. If you forget to change your baby's diaper, a horrible diaper rash could result, causing pain and rawness that might take several days to heal. If you get behind the wheel of your car while sleepy, you might forget to look both ways or forget momentarily which pedal is the gas or the brake and cause an accident. Sometimes medications can cause sleep disturbances, which result in memory loss, or the medication itself may make it harder to concentrate because of its effects. If you suffer memory loss on your job, you could cause an injury to a co-worker or possibly lose your job simply because of something vital you forgot, such as an important meeting you needed to have prepared for. Memory loss is caused by other things besides sleep deprivation, of course. But the most important thing is to find ways to remedy the problem. Take advantage of a short nap whenever possible. Learn to relax before its time for bed, instead of waiting on bedtime to begin relaxing. For the chronic work-a-holic, the new parents, or a college student burning the candle at both ends, learning to get the proper amount of sleep is essential to avoiding unfortunate events caused by sleep-deprived memory loss. Remember, if you don't care for your body and mind, it can't continue to function properly. Take Early Action to Retain Your Mental Health The entire process of storing, retaining and recalling information is known as memory. Many a times we have thought about how bad we fare on our mental capacity to remember things but we seldom take it seriously however recessing memory is a serious health disorder. Action taken early can go a long way in restoring our mental health. Experts have designed so many ways to overcome the disorder or improve the condition. One of such tools is called mnemonics it enhances our capacity to remember things based on similarity. It is the neurons in our brain that send and receive signals. The stronger neurons connections are the better the memory is. If we practice ways to strengthen and protect them it can go a long way in ensuring a better memory, which generally degrades with age and mental disorders such as stress. So one should try reducing stress and getting involved in leisure activities. Try to experience new experiences and skills and move away from routine functions. Try new adventures and challenges and give body and mind new environments to function. Exercise regularly and do include brisk walk and cardiovascular exercises to enhance blood flow to brain to enhance its growth. Stimulate brain by involving oneself in brainstorming puzzles and quizzes. Read thru various magazines and books and stay update with newspapers. Try retaining as much information as possible and recall on a regular basis by referring to them in conversation. Avoid medication such as antidepressants and sleeping aids, as they tend to dull our mind. One should also try to kick unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking and getting involved in drugs/doping. Making sure to get adequate hours of sleep (minimum 8 hours per day) also ensures to help our brain stay active. Memory can be long term or short term, few people boast of amazing memory they remember things as old as 20 years or more. Whereas some people might not even remember last week activities. It typically also depends on attention paid, it is researched that if one focuses for about 8 seconds or more the information is stored in the memory center of brain. Undistracted attention and avoiding multitasking also ensures information retention. Trying to involve as many senses to relate to information and recalling it by relating to it also helps in strengthening memory. Organizing information in a better way of referring back to when required for e.g. using address book or appointment diaries. Breaking down complex material into bits and pieces and interpreting them also helps in boosting memory. Diseases such as diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases also affect memory. Stress also makes it difficult to concentrate and remember things. Eating healthy can help in restoring memory and generate healthy brain cells. It also helps to fight adverse effect of medication. Leafy green vegetables and legumes help to generate red blood cells that carry oxygen to the brain. Vitamin B, C and beta-carotene also acts as antioxidants and improve flow of oxygen thru body and brain. These naturally good substances are found in fruits and vegetables such as sweet potato, blue berries tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green tea, citrus fruits, liver and nuts. Omega 3 fatty acids founds in cod liver oil and other fresh water fishes like salmon and tuna is good for cognitive functions. It is also found in certain vegetarian food such as walnut and flaxseed. On the other hand there are supplements to overcome deficiencies such as vitamin b and folic acid capsules or health food fortified with such vitamins. These foods if taken in adequate quantity can help boost heart functions that in turn supplies blood to brain and will improve neuron functions leading to better memory. Research On Memory Loss As the threat of memory based diseases such as Amnesia and Alzheimer is increasing, the medical fraternity is trying their best to come out with the best of solution. Several researches are being carried on globally to make difference to such conditions. Some achievement has been made so far but nothing considerable as come so far. As Alzheimer is being a constant threat to the growing number of elderlies according to one of the statistics nearly 65% of them are exposed to the disease. Little diagnosis could be made so far as not too many are aware of the condition and refer it to the aging process. Until they realize that it's affecting their quality of life. So much so that it has damaging effect on them in various ways such as psychological, emotional and financial. Especially in a nuclear family setup older folks find themselves ignored most of the time. Due to ignorance and little awareness the disease is barely diagnosed on time and leads to death. Current research on memory loss reveals that Omega 3 fats are helpful in declining such conditions. Folic acid and folate are also known to help the condition; supplements if taken for 3 years can significantly help on improving cognitive functions. People who consume fish on a regular basis have lesser chances of suffering from any form of Dementia. Vegetables also are known to be rich in few minerals and vitamin that helps in neurons functions. Exercise is however the most important way to keep the brain active as it leads to better blood circulating throughout body and brain. According to a study those who exercise three times a week are less prone to develop disease such as Alzheimer. Brain diet mostly constitutes of low saturated fats, coniferous vegetables, fruit and fish with omega-3 fatty acids. An active social life enhances our defenses and builds immunity and reduces inflammation. Green tea also may work as wonder for the brain research have proved that those who have regular intake of green tea are less likely to suffer from cognitive impairment. Drinking 2 servings of green tea a day can help keep any cognitive dysfunction at bay. Keeping a check on weight also helps to counter Dementia. Blood pressure and cholesterol control can lower the risk of Alzheimer. Eating leafy green vegetables and coniferous veggies also helps in restoring cognitive functions. So one should carefully include all the green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach in one's diet plan. Older people who exercise on a regular basis are known to generate more brain cells than their counterparts who do not exercise and also learn new skills more effectively. Consuming fruits and veggies rich in antioxidants helps in boosting metabolism and maintain the integrity of nerve cell components. Magnesium and Zinc intake are also known to improve and maintain brain receptors thus enhancing memory. Research has also proven blueberries, Ginseng, Gastrodine and Gingko Biloba to help create new neurons and improve memory functions. Vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E and other nutritional supplements intake helps restoring memory function and build new cells However justifiable amount of caffeine taken thru tea and coffee also sharpens brain proven by a recent research. Lowering of cortisol level and stress can help regenerate its power to remember and learn. Aerobics can protect brain tissue from aging and decline. These are results of few researches that have been done to check memory loss and brain related disorder.
Recover Diminishing Memory There are various ways to recover diminishing memory. Few aids have been discovered to assist them entire procedure such as Memory Lifter it helps in memorizing vocabulary or language. Hormonal therapy is used in women to help their retarding memory due to menopausal hormonal change in the body. It has proved the hormonal therapy has direct and immediate on the critical part of brain that controls memory functions. It also lowers the risk of Alzheimer in women. However more research is going into this study and few experts have criticized this therapy. But critics have also criticized Mnemonics and mention that this technique is not 100 accurate actually no technique is 100% fool proof as there is always room for one to forget and Mnemonics and its dynamics are complicated for people who are unaware of Esperanto grammar besides it also carry some costs. There is also this myth that with age memory detoriates but it's not true for all as few people are less prone to memory loss and Alzheimer because a well trained mind is stronger than other system of our body and though it does loses some neurons due to ageing but a lot depends on training and knowledge. Popping pills are considered to be a solution by many but the supplements just makes our body healthier and thus automatically affecting the activeness of our brain hence no memory pill is a magic pill to boost memory. But still there are many who believe in consuming memory food to enhance their memory. Though taking regular vitamins and minerals are good for health and body but excess of anything is harmful and it goes for the herb Ginkgo Biloba too. If eaten to excess it can cause bleeding in the brain. Hence the most reliable treatment is consumption of green fruits and antioxidants rich fruits and vegetables. Monitoring depression and anxiety helps in recovering from memory loss besides a relaxed brain and body gets the mind in an active frame. Iron is also a stimulator of neuron transmitter that helps in functioning of memory properly. In long run our brain is impaired and memory is affected by the usage of drug as the chemicals reacts with our body the neurons are inflicted and lost. Nicotine and alcohol have been proved to cause memory loss. Smoking and drinking can cause stroke or other heart ailments that interfere with the flow of neuron to our body causing memory loss. Stimulants like tea and coffee are good in adequate quantity as they keep us alert when we want to without causing neurotic damage. Memory loss can also happen if an information or knowledge has not been used for a considerable amount of time it becomes susceptible to be lost or needs brushing up. One can also improve their memory by the usage of memory optimizer. A process that uses the memory effectively. This includes learning and detailing all the information and skills and recalling them. Information decays and degrades over the period of time and needs to be replenished often. At times one information supercedes another information and is well retained than the first one. At times it is observed that people tend to forget information due to stress or pressure for e.g during exams howsoever well read the student is but gets nervous and forgets the answer. These are short-term memory loss as in most cases the memory springs back rather than being lost forever. In women pregnancy also affects their memory due to the hormonal changes that occur in their body. Due to biological changes in their body women suffer from stress and tension and this leads to the neuron settings in their brain being disturbed. But they usually overcome that thru the supplements or post pregnancy. Memory And Your Health Want an enviable memory? Start leading a healthy life fused with exercises that boosts blood circulation to that area of brain that is responsible for memory. A sedentary lifestyle causes not only a lethargic body but also a diminishing static brain. While you take a jog make sure that that the exercise regimen also includes cardio vascular exercises. A lapse is memory can often be an indication of start of Alzheimer disease especially in elderlies. With growing awareness of the disease it is more probable that people suspect disease the moment they identify a small gap in memory. It mostly occurs at the age of 50 or more with ageing and diminishing nutrition. A lot also depend on the stress level for memory to detoriate before time. However, it is perfectly normal to forget a thing or two at later stage in life. Besides stress, people deprived of sleep specially those working odd hours are prone to memory loss. Only a well-rested body and brain can perform well. There are many over the counter drugs apart from herbal medication to boost memory. Few people believe that taking Gingko Biloba helps in restoring memory others rely on memory formula enriched with vitamin and minerals. These herbs and medication expand blood vessels, fight free radicals, boost immune system and decreases the level of depression and stress. Other naturally occurring substance that helps in ensuring proper blood circulation to brain are rosemary, ginseng and green tea. Green tea contains plethora of benefits that surpasses any her from improving blood circulation to weight maintenance. Their antioxidant helps fight cancer and promotes healing. It is used across skin preparations as it acts as soother and healer. It is also known for its anti-aging benefits. Other medication promises to increase the concentration level and boost brainpower by improving oxygen flow to the brain. While aging people might want to indulge in the above-mentioned supplements and medication the younger lot can always look for memory building games online or otherwise. There are memory plans on internet such as pmemory.com, Brain age, Big brain academy that promises to build a phenomenal memory. But the first and foremost step toward acquiring a great memory is to squash the laziness syndrome and start feeling active. But surf to these online memory shacks are certainly not as good as visiting your local farmer market and grabbing a broccoli instead. These powerful veggies are sure to get the cognitive clock ticking. According to latest research studies broccoli, cauliflowers and other Cruciferous vegetables improves the memory and reverse the aging process by nothing less than one and half year. Spinach that is high on folate is proved to reduce the risk of Alzheimer by breaking the homocysteine, an amino acid that is toxic to the nerve cell. Usage of unsaturated or hydrogenated fats have also proved to reduce the risk of Alzheimer and memory loss. However there are other reasons that can be attributed to memory loss called Amnesia its is a symptom that causes complete memory blackout generally caused by head injury, drug toxicity, stroke, paralysis attack, emotional shock, and infection. These memories can be recovered through psychotherapy but it few cases it is observed that the condition prevails for lifetime resulting in subject to live a completely new life. Improving Memory Using Mnemonic Tools For those of you who may have never heard of the word, mnemonic means memory aid. It's an adjective related to things that help memory improvement. Teaching tools, if you will. If you are a movie buff, you may have heard of the one called 'Johnny Mnemonic', a 1995 feature involving a data courier. Keanu Reeves is the star of the film. He carries a large data package, 320 gigabytes in size, in his mind. If he doesn't deliver it from Beijing to Newark, it will kill him. I suppose you could call this forced memory. It wasn't his brain that developed this computer chip, this memory tool. It contains a cure for a nerve syndrome of the future and puts his life in danger. Some mnemonics would seem to be horrible techniques for the person who would prefer not to remember. However, this may be their only solution to overcoming a tragedy, in order to heal them. So, once more, forced memory is put into effect. The person must relive the mentally or emotionally damaging event to be able to move on with their lives and put the worst of the trauma behind them. A coach, psychiatrist, hypnotist, counselor, pastor, trusted family member, teacher, or close friend may be needed to help give you moral support for the courage to use mnemonic tools. Hypnosis has long been used as a mnemonic tool. Memory is a process of reconstruction rather than retrieval. Often the mind must be forced through hypnosis to reconstruct events that caused the person to suffer and attempt to protect themselves by choosing subconsciously to forget. Therefore, hypnosis may at times be a dangerous, however necessary, mnemonic tool. Hypnosis is also a lucrative field. It is often used to help people stop an unhealthy habit, such as chronic nail-biting, smoking, overeating. It can also be used as a form of pain control. No matter how it is used, it involves the subconscious memory. Mnemonic tools can be a positive way to overcome small annoyances. Suppose your short-term memory loss is disrupting your life in such a way that you are in a constant state of frustration. Small annoyances can add up to one big problem. You may have subconsciously used mnemonic tools to learn to avoid certain disturbing memories. Like associating an object with someone who used that object to cause you pain. You decide to avoid use of that object to force yourself to leave the memory in the past. Maybe a dreaded uncle always wore purple, so to avoid having to constantly be reminded of the uncle, you decide to never buy an object the color purple. It may become a habit that you do without really thinking about it. People have used flash cards, music, games, and repetition as mnemonics. Remember the old saying about tying a string around your finger to recall something important? Or placing a rubber band on your wrist, to pop whenever you are faced with a temptation you are trying to overcome? Whatever the case may be, mnemonics can be very productive in memory improvement. Improving Memory Using Memory Exercises If you are a student struggling to study for a big test, you may soon learn that you will need the help of certain tricks to make your study life easier. Many students of all ages benefit from learning memory exercises. Teachers usually try to help their students by suggesting certain exercises that they themselves have used or that they have learned since beginning to teach. Of course, each person must use whatever appeals to them. What works for one won't necessarily work for another. This lesson has been demonstrated in the simple act of teaching a child to tie a shoe. His concentration may be thrown askew and result in frustration when asked to try a new way to learn. Maybe one parent teaches a different method, or the grandparents disagree on what is best. Children with learning disabilities must learn constructive methods for improving their memories that are tailored to their own distinct capabilities. A child who struggles may need to associate certain things with the same colors daily to remember. Maybe they have certain shapes that help them remember, or smells. A child who has sight impairment may learn to associate by touch or scent. Grandma may wear the same perfume every day or Grandpa may wear the same cologne or after shave. There are times when the teachers have a learning method that is different from the parents'. When the child asks the parent for help with homework, an argument may develop because the parent will use a different method to get the same result. Sometimes if the child is taught not to argue with the parent, this could result in a bad mark on the work that is turned in. This is where consistency and cooperation is successful in the parent/teacher relationship. Have you ever made up a silly, but rude song about someone who offended you? This was a great memory exercise, even though it could be construed as mean. Music is a helpful tool, especially for teaching small children to improve their memories, although it is usually not used in a derogatory way. Comedians make jokes with rude songs, which often results in the audience remembering the comedian simply because the music acted as a tool to cement the person into memory. Maybe you don't even recall the words, but simply the tune, the results are the same. Rhyming games are a very helpful memory tool. An endless number of people have grown up enjoying the antics of the characters in Dr. Seuss stories! Many of the words don't even make sense and mean nothing in reality. But they served to help a person remember the story because of the rhyming effect. The key to memory exercises is repetition. You must teach yourself to perform the actions over and over. Like always putting your car keys in your purse so you won't lose them. If you have trouble getting your children to school on time because they spend too much time finding their backpack or shoes, have them learn to place the items in the same place each evening. These little memory tricks are sure to make your boss happy if they get you to work on time each day! Improve Memory to Help Your Career Skills Women are known to multitask. It is a talent many are proud of, often performing out of mindless repetition, often learned because of their experience rearing their children, sometimes learned because they grew up in a large family where everyone had to work together to keep the household in order. Is it a wonder that at some point they become overworked and overstressed and forget something important? In the business world, your career skills depend heavily upon your memory. It could make or break your chance to get that long-awaited and much deserved promotion or maybe the vacation you've earned. One little forgetful mistake and everything could fall apart. No pressure, right? Learning to take some time for yourself, to give yourself that few minutes of peace and relaxation may be all you need to improve your memory and grab that moment of success. Businesses have learned that successful employee performance relies upon ensuring their employees get their much deserved breaks and that positive enforcement is a key element to moving forward and upward. Some businesses have built-in gyms, daycares, saunas, sandwich machines offering healthier choices. On another note, improving your memory will make it easier to get through those business meetings, lunch dates, or parties where recalling names is essential to success. Calling an important person by the wrong name could be devastating to your career. Some banks have practiced rewarding the customer with a dollar if their teller doesn't greet them by name. It is, of course, a temporary advertising gimmick. It does make for better customer service relations to hear one addressed as more than a ma'm or a sir. The customer feels more appreciated and may make an effort to be more pleasant when the teller seems more aware of them as a person rather than a nameless face. Any job you choose will suffer if you don't make the effort to remember the important aspects of that job. If you are unconcerned and think you can get by with the minimum of effort and attempt to substitute where it is unacceptable, it could cause you to be fired. Forgetting courtesy, forgetting to clean up a mess you made, forgetting to return things to their proper places, forgetting to wash your uniforms, forgetting to bring the right tools for the job, forgetting the due date of a project......all are critical for overall performance ratings and job security. Your boss and your co-workers need to know they can count on you to remember and to put forth effort. It makes for better relations between you and your fellow employees, too, when you can remember personal things about them. Birthdays, the special events in their family life (such as little Charlie or little Susie having a big recital at school), their favorite candy, or perhaps their favorite musical artist, all could bring kudos for you should you require their support on a special project or need a favor or want their positive input when you get a performance review. Not to mention, remembering these little things will bring happiness to others and should help you be a better person for making the effort to care. How to Memorize To memorize is to store information in your brain for reuse later. The definition of memory is the power or act of remembering. The definition of remembering is to recall, to bring back to mind by an effort. Some people are able to memorize things temporarily and then forget them when they are no longer of use. Many times this is the case with a person who may study just for the sake of passing a test containing information they don't feel is of particular importance, yet they are required to know it anyway for a job or to pass to the next level of a class or school. Preschoolers must make the effort to memorize the alphabet, to recognize colors, to write their names. This type of information is of importance in their daily lives as they go through each year of school. Often an older child will have to memorize the multiplication tables or all the states in the United States. Use of flash cards is a well-known way to memorize. If you are studying a foreign language, you can use the flash cards to write one interpretation on one side, and the other version of the word on the other side. Children's books often use the flash method to tell a story that will help the child memorize. Pop-ups are a fun way to learn. Many books will use pictures of animals, toys, or even food to help the child memorize the name of a word and its proper usage. Have you ever taught tricks to a dog? It must memorize the steps to the trick in the process of learning what you want. Teaching a parrot to talk requires the parrot to memorize the words you choose for it to learn. Sometimes an animal can memorize the path home or a smell of certain people. Maybe you need to learn some tricks, like recalling names at a party! To remember combinations, middle school students must memorize the numbers that will open their locks. They also have to memorize their school ID numbers to go through the line in the cafeteria for billing to their lunch accounts. Sometimes people have to make phone calls and don't have pen and paper ready. They may have to temporarily memorize the number given them by an operator assistant. If you have children, you may have asked them to memorize things like their phone numbers and addresses in case they get lost. Their teachers may even require this at the beginning of their school year in the younger grades of education. There are a vast number of books written on the process to improve memory. Word games were invented for such a use. Even crossword puzzles require extensive use of the memory. Studies have been done for years on ways to trick your mind to memorize. Playing with people's names can help you memorize them. Make a rhyming game in your mind with the name. Rhyming stories are a fun way to memorize. Or you could try associating the name with a color. Whatever your choice to improve your memory, it can only benefit you to succeed! How Do Science and Memory Connect? One way science and memory connect is through the side effects of a medication that may cause memory loss. Another way is through trying to improve memory. Take Alzheimer's for example. It is now a well recognized disease that has been under much scientific study. In this disease, memory loss begins when the entorhinal cortex, an area of brain involved in building new memories, loses neurons faster then they are being replaced. The human brain was once thought to have all the brain cells possible at birth. Now science has uncovered the fact that human and primate brains can generate new nerve cells (neurons) after birth. These nerve cells are made in the cerebral cortex throughout the life span. The number of neurons stays fairly constant, but the ones lost in each area are replaced anew. If the production of new ones can't keep up with those dying or being removed, the brain function begins to decline. Science has found that when the number is reduced by one-third, the short term memory begins to fail, hence Alzheimer's. It is thought that certain antioxidants have the ability to significantly delay the effects of Alzheimer's. In people under the age of 80, the chance of developing this disease could be reduced by 50 percent by taking low doses (200 to 400 mg) of ibuprofen for two or more years. There are also certain activity programs that can delay the progression of the disease. Scientists believe the progression can be delayed by regular exercise. Lifestyle behaviors must be altered to age in a healthy way. This healthy aging includes retaining healthy memory function. The way one eats, sleeps, drinks, smokes, lacks adequate physical and mental exercise, and allows an overabundance of stress on a regular, long-lasting basis all affect good health. Illegal use of drugs has long been known to affect memory function. It kills brain cells, as does the long-term overuse of alcohol. Two prescription drugs that have had memory loss as side effects are Prozac and Zoloft. The patients' symptoms would improve as far as the reason they were put on these drugs, but once memory loss began to develop, the patients would have to be taken off them. The process of knowing and perceiving is called cognition. Alzheimer's and disorders related to it all have one thing in common: cognitive impairment. As long as only one symptom exists, the diseases are distinct from each other. If not treated early enough and effectively, other brain areas begin to be affected and the symptoms make it hard to diagnose which disease is present. One disease similar to Alzheimer's disease is dementia. There are different types of dementia. There is Parkinson's Dementia, Frontal-Temporal Lobe Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Subcortical Vascular Dementia, dementia due to head injury, and dementia from cancer and cancer treatment. One thing is certain, regardless of your reason for memory loss, science and advanced technology are making it easier every day to single out and treat the problem. Herbs to Improve Your Memory Does it sound bizarre? Using herbs to improve memory have long been practiced not only by those in the United States, but in other countries as well. The American Indians, Orientals, Egyptians, and Greeks have all used herbs to enhance the mind. Spicy foods are said to increase the cognitive functions of your brain, and there are several spicy herbs available. Have you ever heard of turmeric? Maybe curry? Well, turmeric is an ingredient in curry. Curcumin is an ingredient in turmeric, which in turn works to improve your memory. It reduces the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Ginger is another herb, containing zingerone, which defends the neurons of the brain to improve memory. Cinnamon is a brain activity booster; simply smelling it enhances cognitive function and lifts the mood. All these wonderful spices can be found in your local grocery store, usually on the isle with the basic cooking ingredients such as flour and sugar. Health food stores abound in the United States. They've become more popular for the youth of today alone. Health food stores can also benefit adult shoppers. They offer things like ginkgo biloba, touted as the best herb to improve blood flow to the brain. Suggested use is 80 mg, 3 times a day. Another herb found in health food stores which increases memory and guards against senility is gotu kola. It has a calming effect. Suggested use is 1/2 teaspoon in warm water 3 times a day. Siberian Ginseng can help the body adapt to stress, helps promote a strong, balanced nervous system, and gives a mild energy boost. Suggested use is 250 mg, 2 times a day. Before partaking in the benefits of any of these suggested herbs, please do your research and make sure they won't have a negative interaction with any medications you are currently taking. The idea is to improve your memory, not further damage your health in another way. Herbs don't just serve to improve your memory by oral ingestion. A popular way to stimulate your brain these days is by aromatherapy. Some herbs can be heated in either water or as an ingredient in a candle, maybe even as an ingredient for use with a potpourri burner placed on a cloth as an essential oil to inhale, or simply burned as incense. Aromatherapy can be done as a low-cost addition to your steps towards good mental health. It clears the mind, helps you relax, sharpens your ability to focus, and improves your mood. Two essential oils to use in aromatherapy to help improve memory are rosemary and basil. Although, anything that is pleasant to your nose will help you calm your thinking so that you can focus more clearly and feel uplifted in spirit. An important thing to consider is whether you would rather slow down your lifestyle now and begin to take proper care of your mind and body, or whether you'd rather suffer more later as you've aged and have more trouble undoing the effects of your neglect. It's never too late to adapt a positive outlook and take charge of yourself! Healthy Body Healthy Mind! The reliability of memory is still a question as in most cases it is distorted by suggestions. The certainty of memory depends on the encryption it had on the mind of individual and the duration too. As we mentioned earlier that diminishing memory is a result of neurons malfunction, there are three ways that can help us identify factors that can stimulate or memory. We should figure out ways to stop neurons from dying and stimulate growth of new neurons and by getting to have the existing neurons function efficiently. Memory i.e is chemical compound known as Ampakines enhances neurons functioning. Other ways generic ways to improve memory is to start taking memory training and practicing games such as cross words, brainteasers and other memory exercises. Apart from them consuming healthy diet rich in Omega 3 fats and antioxidants also helps. Five small meal patterns should be followed as it prevents blood sugar from lowering i.e the primary source of energy to the brain. Jogging and brisk walks helps in blood circulation and have been proved to reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease. Getting proper sleep and stress reduction helps curtailing the production of cortisol in our body that harms memory and is known to shrink memory center in brain. Regular practice helps us give a jog to our memory that is as fruitful as the physical jogging. We should let our brain run thru as many facts it retains and associate each with some picture, color or number to make it easier for recall. But accuracy of recall depends on proper functioning of three aspect of brain that part that form, stores and receives memory. At times dreams are made of distorted memories we usually club our experiences with a particular memory creating a new situation altogether. People who have suffered head injuries or suffer any kind of pain otherwise tend to be more forgetful according to one of the studies. The study goes on to suggest that chronic pain leads to brain shrinkage and degradation of neurons. People with emotional distress and chronic pain are more susceptible to brain atrophy. Varying pains have varying effects on brain and affects different regions in our brain. Such conditions can be improved and memory can be improvised by realistic psychotherapy and medication. It is often observed that we remember traumatic events better than happier moments. It is associated with a certain type of protein produced in our brain while we go thru that experience and makes it embedded in the long-term memory zone of our brain. These proteins help in strengthening the connection in neurons acting as a catalyst in memory storage. This study is being used now to improve memory conditions by treating our brain with the same kind of protein to make our memory everlasting. Another study goes on to prove that zinc helps to improve memory especially in children. This study has been used at the grass root level by more health drink and medical supplement manufacturers who target their zinc fortified drink, cereal and nutritional supplements to adolescents. There are ayurvedic cures in the market that claim to guarantee similar results like "Memocare" the product is a mix of herbs that promises to reduce stress and anxiety. It also promises to accelerate brain function and improve memory. There are hosts of other companies too offering similar promises like Brain quicken that claims to be effective in one hour but it mainly targets to improve short-term memory. Its constituents are a complex mix of nutrients and other propriety constituents. Connecting Aging and Memory It is a well-known fact that aging will affect memory for many different reasons. Family members, friends, spouses, and careers all suffer because of aging and memory loss. Loss of memory seems to be a part of life that may sneak up on a person, gradually growing worse until it is finally acknowledged as being serious to warrant attention. One of the least-heard-of ways people are affected by loss of memory is called male menopause. It seems to be more of an issue to keep the health problems affecting men a secret than it is for women. The male pride can be extremely sensitive in the areas of failing health. The first memory that seems to be affected by aging is short-term memory. It is easy to assume that one may be in the first stages of Alzheimer's when memory loss begins to occur. Indeed, some may laugh at the idea of male menopause. After all, everyone knows menopause is something women endure, right? Unfortunately, this is not at all true. Most men just never seek help for this condition because of not being aware of their feelings on a conscious level. Men are taught to put their emotions aside because to openly acknowledge them is perceived as a sign of weakness. Forgetfulness is at the beginning of the list of changes occurring later in life. The mental processes are slowing down. We begin to run low on hormones after the age of 40. There is a steroid hormone that the body will normally produce, using cholesterol as its main raw material. It converts into other steroids the body uses. The level of this hormone declines with age. Low doses such as 10-30 mg a day has been shown to be a memory enhancer with a punch! Possibly the most powerful memory enhancer of all, it is also an anti-inflammatory aid which helps arthritic conditions when given at high doses of 400-500 mg per day. Other benefits of this hormone are increased energy levels, balanced hormone levels, and repair to the sheath that covers neurons in the central nervous system. Many women are able to laugh and joke with others about the effects of menopause, especially the memory loss. It may be harder to notice memory loss caused by menopause simply because women and men are both caught up in working and rearing their children. This causes preoccupation of the mind, due to the busy lifestyles. Aging and memory loss are no joke, certainly, and even those who are able to find the humor in it may secretly be covering for the frustration it actually causes in their day-to-day lives. Forgetting can be a scary, intimidating part of the aging process. Once it becomes such a problem that the elderly are faced with their loss of independence, it is certainly no longer a joke to one of them. It can cause life-threatening confusion, sometimes causing them to wander away from home and get lost, cause a vehicle accident by wandering into the street, or subject them to the fierce elements of nature. Brain Food Our brain controls so many functions of our body besides being the powerhouse of information. Few vital functions of our brain are motor control, visual processing, auditory processing, sensation and learning. Considering all the functions of our brain there is no second thought that it is the most vital organ of our body beside our heart. Any kind of brain malfunction can be well understood if related to the current technology that is used in computer. The hard disk contains all the vital information of the computer and without it, the computer is as good as dead. If the hard disk crashes it is tough to recover it back and in most cases it cannot be recovered. Similarly if Amnesia or Alzheimer disease affects our brain it first destroys our brain cells and affects our memory. Loss of memory renders us useless, as we tend to forget all the skills that we have learnt over the period of time including language too. Any such disease can turn a human being into nothing less than vegetable. All the medications used to regain the memory back are used for brain nourishment. This can only be achieved thru universal nourishment of body and brain. In order to have them work both in tandem with each other we must feed our body properly at the same time keeps it active by participating in physical and mental activities such as jogging and memory games. Children in their early stages should specifically be taken care of. Right nutrition can ensure their physical as well as mental well being. Right from the stage of pregnancy, future mothers are administered the right dosage of multivitamins and folic acid to help the brain of fetus grow. In cases where folic acid and dietary supplements are not taken low or no mental growth is observed. In their growing phases children are feeded with health drinks as they become choosy and eat what they like. This leads to various deficiencies affecting growth. This has given rise to so many health capsules and drink but the best and trusted supplement is Cod liver oil. It is rich in Omega 3 fat that helps in better growth of brain. Research proves that children who have been given cod liver oil on a regular basis display good memory and active body. Over the period of time we barely make use of such supplements and the drug interference makes it worse along with the day-to-day life stress. This makes us prone to several mental disorders such as confusion, attention problem, foggy brain etc. We must not forget that the core brainpower has been derived from the nutrition given at early age and this would not last lifetime. We need to supplement it on a regular basis. There are many over the counter supplements available that are fortified with zinc, magnesium, folic acid and other essential nutrients for brain. But taking these supplements alone will not work wonder over brain hence we need to put in adequate exercise too. Try to challenge the memory often by engaging in memory games and other mentally challenging activities to ensure adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the brain. Taking care of heart and keeping the cholesterol and blood pressure in check also helps in clearing the arteries of any block to allow good flow of blood. Hormones, specially estrogen level should be kept in check as it affects our brain and leads to various diseases in longer run. Alzheimers Alzheimers affects that part of brain that control thought, memory, and language, it is one of the most common form of Dementia (destruction of brain cells to cause decline in mental functions)but later it spreads to all regions of brain rendering it ineffective. The onset of Alzheimer slowly progresses and alters personality and behavior. In most cases anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations are observed to be the few changes that is caused by the disease. Memory and thinking process are marred in the initial stages of Alzheimer. It is one of the rising causes of death in elderlies, as patients diagnosed for this disease barely survive more than six years. But the duration of the disease vary between three to twenty years. There is no permanent cure for the disease so far but effective care and support can help improve condition in the tenure of diagnosis to death. However, the condition can be avoided if healthy aging takes place in an individual. It also helps to reduce the risk of Alzheimer. The few best measure to ensure healthy aging involves constant check on cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, stress reduction, socially active lifestyle and regular exercise for body and mind. Unfortunately it takes longer to diagnose the disease as the brain damage starts much before the symptoms appear. By the time symptoms are visible nerve cells are already degenerated and extinct. The symptoms of disease vary but the first thing one notices is the loss of memory that starts interfering and affecting the regular life of an individual. Apart from this other noticeable changes are confusion and disassociation with the language and fumbling in familiar surroundings. The first sign noticed should be communicated to family or physician so that it can be identified early and the treatment is started without any further delay. Though there are no particular medical examination to conclude the disease but various tests (including physical and mental) and reviews from family and friend can benefit in diagnosis of the condition. Depression, hormonal changes such as thyroid and side effect of medication act catalyst for those who suffer from the disease and also makes prone to those who don't. Excessive drinking, unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet can also propel Dementia. There are medication available to delay the process of brain cell degeneration but they are not known to curb or stop the process altogether. Thus it just slows down the process rather than eliminating the danger of the disease. However, improving quality of life by subtle understanding, care and altering the surrounding can tremendously help the patients suffering from Alzheimer. The ongoing research in the field of Alzheimer is concentrated on reversal of nerve and brain cell damage. And also to further stop and reduce the degenerative condition in an individual. They are also working on the strategy to optimize the delay of disease and the role of cardiovascular and other health condition to affect the condition. Those having a family history are more prone to the disease as the genetic makeup makes them more pronounced to be at the risk. More researches have brought forth the theory of plaques and tangles in brain tissue this considered to be more definitive way to diagnose the disease other than this brain scan is followed by tests of urine, blood and spinal fluid. It has also come to light that non-steroidal drugs can help slow the progression of Alzheimer. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and is known to slow the progress. The hormone estrogen is also known to ease the condition. The Alzheimer's Association has been formed with the intention to share, educate and strengthen the caregiver and family members of Alzheimer patients. All About Amnesia Amnesia is a disorder of brain that affects the remembering aspect of once memory. It is caused by severe head injury or thru intake of toxic substance that affects the brain. Thought the disease can also impact those who suffer from paralysis or heart stroke. Those who suffer from Amnesia have a tough time remembering previously learnt information such as their name or language. Amnesia victims never remember their past or anything associated with it such as people, place etc. They are often seemed to be feeling confused or disoriented. This disease unlike Alzheimer can occur at any age. And thus can lead to a partial or full Amnesia disorder. In few cases patients are never left unsupervised too as they may harm themselves. If the person remembers remembers recent events then it is partial amnesia. The recovery process involves remembering the previous or past memory before the most recent memories. Another factor that is very important to the disease besides partial and full is the term of Amnesia as in whether it is temporary or permanent. Support of caregiver is very important for person suffering from Amnesia though references from past can help them recover soon But if those references are disturbing to them then one should restrain from discussing them in their presence. Generally such cases are people who have been thru some kind of mental shock or agony. Such as accident victims, trauma patients or those who had to deal with a sudden death of some one close. Another form of Amnesia is psychological Amnesia where someone takes on a new life for a few months or days and once the anxiety induced amnesia attack is over no memory remains of that period. Most of amnesic patients recover on their own not requiring much medical interference. Change of work and activity can bring along a good change along with family therapy. Hypnosis also acts as a great tool to bring back the memory of the patient. Amnesia patients not only lose their memory but also the ability to generate any memory in the time span of disease. Stress is a major cause of concern for today's generation. Life is so fast paced that it calls for a halt to think for oneself. We have so many things to worry about in today's world and remembering things forms a major part of our life today. Be it electricity bill payment or client appointment. As the value of time has gained importance so have the getting work done on time has. Every day in our life we are faced with so many deadlines that we are stressed out completely by the end of the day. We seldom have time to meditate, exercise, engage ourselves in light activities such as games or clubbing The more our life is technologically influenced the more we are running into the danger of acquiring one or more neurotical disorders. In order to wade thru the stress that we face in our day-to-day life, we must follow a healthy diet pattern along with adequate physical exercise and supplement intake. In earlier times the work timings were fixed and there were limited resources of available technologies that makes us sit like couch potatoes. People would interact and share their problems and worries that would act as stress buster. Hence fewer people suffered from disease such as Alzheimer and Amnesia. But now all these sufferings are becoming evident as we barely lay emphasis on improving our lifestyle and switching to a more relaxed life.
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