In today's world, where just about everyone is overscheduled, it's easy to feel like your memory has become a sieve. Forgetting to return phone calls, misplacing your keys, not remembering important dates, names on the tip of your tongue that won't come to you—if these kinds of experiences seem to be happening to you more and more, you're not alone. Many people, even children and teens, are complaining of "early Alzheimer's moments."
However, in many cases, these memory slips are not due to aging. While it's true that memory tends to decline with age, it's also true that the high-pressure, hectic lifestyles that so many of us lead these days can have a significant impact on our ability to remember and retrieve information. In many cases, it's because we rush through something so fast or multitask most of the things we do that we aren't giving our brains sufficient time to process and store what we need to remember.
But not to worry. Whether it's normal aging or overscheduling or both, there are some fairly simple things you can do to overcome these frustrating lapses in memory. In its September 2012 issue, Harvard's Men's Health Watch outline some memory-boosting tips and tricks to help keep your memory sharp. Here are a few of the suggestions offered:
Many experts also believe that eating certain kinds of food can enhance memory. For more information on memory-boosting foods, see:
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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).