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The Health Centre

Tips for keeping your memory sharp

 

As yet, there is no prevention or cure for dementia. However, here are a few tips for keeping your brain fit and memory sharp:

 

Avoid harmful substances

Excessive drinking and drug abuse damages brain cells

 

Challenge yourself

Reading widely, keeping mentally active and learning new skills strengthens brain connections and promotes new ones

 

Trust yourself more

If people feel they have control over their lives, their brain chemistry actually improves

 

Relax

Tension may prolong a memory loss

 

Make sure you get regular and adequate sleep

 

Eat a well balanced diet

 

Pay attention

Concentrate on what you want to remember

 

Minimise and resist distractions

 

Use a notepad

...and carry a calendar. This may not keep your memory sharp, but does compensate for any memory lapses

 

Take your time

 

Organise belongings.

Use a special place for unforgettables such as car keys and glasses

 

Repeat names

...of new acquaintances in conversation


Normal memory loss & that of a person with dementia

Description

Person with dementia

Older person

 Events

 May forget part or all of an
 event

Memory may sometimes be vague

 Words or names
 for things or objects

 Progressively forgets

 Sometimes may forget. 

 Words or names are on
 the 'tip of the tongue'

 Written and verbal
 directions

 Increasingly unable to 
 follow

 Able to follow

 Stories on TV, in
 movies or books

 Progressively loses 
 ability to follow

 Able to follow

 Stored knowledge

 Over time loses  known information such as historical or political information

 Although recall may   be slower, information is essentially retained

 Everyday skills such
 as dressing and cooking

 Progressively loses  capacity to perform  tasks

 Retains ability, unless physically impaired


 

 

 

 

 

Further information - phone the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 (freecall) or visit www.alzheimers.org.au

 
 
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