Cognitive decline is normal as we get older. Stay on top of your brain health to reduce the amount of decline. Here are some ways to slow down the process.
- Exercise your brain. One way to do so is to never stop learning. Harvard researchers think that mental exercises help to challenge your brain, which helps to maintain brain cells.
- Use all your senses. Involving different parts of the brain help in memory formation and recall. For example, writing down a sentence you want to memorize, then reading it out loud helps you remember it.
- Have confidence. Part of the cognitive decline is because we think it’s inevitable. Research shows that people who believe they will do poorly on a memory test performed poorly and are more prone to experience a decline. Believe in yourself and try to improve your memory skills.
- Economize your memory. Write down notes or use an app to help you remember simple things like a schedule or a to do list. This allows us to apply more energy to memorizing the more important things.
- Repetition. Repetition helps with memorizing and can be done through writing, speaking, or movement.
- Avoid cramming. Repeat the material over long time intervals and space out repetition.
- Making a mnemonic allows you to use different parts of your brain, which help with memorization. It organizes the material to easily remember it, and patterns give more meaning.