As we age, we all start to notice changes in our ability to remember things. Maybe you can’t remember a familiar word or name in conversation, or you walk into a room and forget why. Memory lapses occur at any age, but as we get older, and memory lapses happen more often, we tend to get more upset when they happen. We often associate memory lapses, no matter how minor, with loss of cognitive function or dementia. That is why you should already be practicing ways to help improve your memory.
Most of the minor memory lapses experienced with age are due to normal changes in the brain. These changes affect memory building and memory retrieval processes and can make it harder to learn new things, or to ignore distractions that interfere with learning and memory. Check out these tips for boosting your memory and sharpening your mind.