Stretching your Memory

@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
May 13, 2009 4:22am CST
Age can be a great hindrance to good memory. The brain is aging and can no longer compute many details in our life. You're over fifty, are more forgetful these days, and can't recall things like you used to. You always take note of great meal but can't remember what you ate at that scrumptious new restaurant last month. Or you tell someone on call waiting that you'll call right back but it is days later when you finally remember. Or how about leaving the tea kettle on the stove, and later you smell it melt to the burner because you forgot about it. Sound familiar? Just before you jump to conclusion and diagnose yourself with early alzheimer's or consider yourself crazy or senile, why not do some mental stretch along with that much needed physical one? Lol before you forget my name, you better keep up with your activities in mylot as this is the best mental exercise that works your brain and keep friends abreast.
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@kawalnarang (1095)
• Trinidad And Tobago
13 May 09
Something I wanted to mention here,, but I can't remember,, oh yeah,, I now know what it is,yes,, What really happens is that in modern times we take up too many jobs to finish in a day,, to many responsibilities,so definitely we forget half of what we start,My friend told me 15 years ago that as u cross 40 or 45 years,, things will be different,,physically ,mentally and otherwise,,there are exceptions though..
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
13 May 09
This rat race world has created a chaotic mind. We tend to forget many things and are unable to store many things as well. When the mind is uncontrolled, it behaves like a wild horse with no rider, racing wildly in all directions. We all know what it is like trying to sleep when the mind does not stop racing.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
13 May 09
i do agree that mental exercise is very much needed.Meditation has been known to increase IQ, relieve stress, and promotes higher levels of brain functioning. Meditation also activates the “prefrontal cortex” of the brain, an area responsible for advanced thinking ability and performance. Long-term exercise has been proven to increase brain power and even create new neurons in the brain. Go out and get a natural high off of your own brain chemistry through exercise!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
13 May 09
You are very right. I am actually into meditation and it helps a lot to calm my mind and helps it to function normally.
@shibham (17025)
• India
13 May 09
hai zandi, how are u? actually age is a perfect factor for lose of memory. but sometimes it rely on our mental pressure, if our mind is busy with different thoughts then we can't recall somethings like we used to. as an example, i often forget my friends name, but i am now 30 only, what may be the cause behind it. will you help me to find out? yes, some exercises help us to regain our lose memory as mylotting or some others like it. i try to remember some special words which are not familiar to me to solve this type of problems. take care.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
13 May 09
Hi Shibham, am fine, thanks. As young as your age now, you shouldn't be losing your mental strength yet. It is likely that you are exhausting your brain capacity with many thoughts. Give your brain a rest and refresh it by listening to soothing and relaxing music.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
13 May 09
It sounds very familiar zandi, very familiar indeed! There is one thing that annoys me and scares me at the same time; as I go about my routine chores I often forget whether I have done something. For example I like to brush my cats every morning and sometimes I will be standing there brush in hand wondering which one I just brushed and I often walk into a room and forget what the heck I went in there for! I have always been a busy person and in turn a little forgetful due to the many things going through my mind at once but lately I swear it is getting so much worse and I am sure it is age related at least I hope that is all it is! I agree MyLot is very good for the brain and the heart!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
13 May 09
I think that happens to many people - forgetfulness. I nearly burn my house when I forgot that I have put the kettle on the stove and forgot all about it. I still couldn't figure out why the gas didn't explode cos the whole gas stove has turned black and the kettle was reduced to scrap metal. The whole kitchen was engulfed in black smoke. There must have been an invisible hand that slow down the fire moving to the gas tank. I can never forget this incident but it reminded me that I can no longer rely on my mental strength.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
13 May 09
You've been peaking into my life again. I have to write notes and I have to put them in special places or I forget, I play mind games, I write on mylot, and I do whatever I can to keep the gray matter in shape. Thanks for the advice.
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• United States
14 May 09
Why is it that we can remember things that happend when we were 4 or 5 years old , but can't remember what we ate for dinner yesterday, or can't remember our own cell phone number , or even what day it is ? I have a real bad memory . I was taking ginkgo biloba for awhile , but I would forget to take it
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 May 09
I think it's because short term and long term memories are situated in different parts of the brain.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 May 09
I know that savy as people around our age range complain a lot about forgetfulness. So you are not alone here as we are all facing this as part of the aging process. Well, mylotting keeps the mind alert. It gives the brain a boost as a lot of thinking is involved here.
@Trensue (5256)
• United States
13 May 09
Oh no worries - yesterday I finally found my keys in the fridge - I guess when I unloaded the groceries they were in my hand. My sister and I often call and leave each other messages about what we need at the store so we can call and retrieve them when we have lost the list. I have post it notes all over my house. I should by stock in the company.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 May 09
I hope you car keys are not left inside your locked car. I have done this and it takes hell lot of problems to take a cab home to get the spare key.
@Trensue (5256)
• United States
16 May 09
Good thing they were in the fridge. I should count my blessings and be happy.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
13 May 09
I have done weird things during my life never thought about it being alshymiers. Like one time talking away with friend I put coffee pot in fridge. Dont know why took us awhile to find it. Think I was cleaning kitchen and putting things away for that to happen lol and I was in my 20s then.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 May 09
Lol...sometimes we do silly things as most of the time our mind is being carried away thinking of other things.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
15 May 09
yup we were talking lololol
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
18 May 09
I gave you a plus for the discussion.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
19 May 09
Thanks
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
18 May 09
Nice topic Zandi.I think apart from age, sometimes memory gets too crowded [when you have far too many things on your plate].We do multitasking but while doing so many things we tend to become a bit scatter brained.But I think as age advances this power of multitasking also reduces because of the capacity for remembering.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
19 May 09
I agree with you, even cars need overhaul once they exceed certain mileage, what more with our brains. There come a time when it lose its strength after years of use. We should always nourish and exercise our brains to keep it at tip top condition as we advance in age.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 May 09
MMmm---I'm 53 years old and am honored to still have a very good memory..LOL. I have always been good at recalling names, memorizing facts and figures even ones related to science that I studied in my high school and college days..in fact I consider myself still to be a walking encyclopedia...HOWEVER!! Of course I DO have episodes where I put on water for tea, get in front of the computer and forget about it until I smell the smell of a burning pot---but I just chalk that up to being so engrossed with my work in front of a computer where time speeds by and not due to a faulty memory... I've always kept my mind active in the long run since I find myself constantly learning new things all the time which I think is the key to a good memory.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
That is the advantage of being a writer. You are a thinker and your brain is always in service and that keeps it working all the time. Learning new things all the time is the key to maintain a good working brain.
@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
18 May 09
I am facing similar problem of memory stretching. Aging is unavoidable, so the only thing we can do is to eat healthily and do more exercises, physical and mental. I tried using both of my hands to write, which is said to help develop brain potential. Playing piono, and violin is good for children. I believe it is also good for seniors. Maybe I should think about learning it, just to stretch memory.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
That is what I heard. Never stop at anything. We should learn new things everyday to keep our mind alert.
• Philippines
18 May 09
your discussion mde me smile, it made me realize how forgetful person i am at a very young age..just like this day i forgot i promise my friend i will bring the fan usb for the laptop today but just now that i remember..i always forget things, even the word i am about to say most of the time i forget..haha maybe i have mild alzhaimers..ahihi
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
You better be prepared before your forgetfulness becomes worse.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
17 May 09
Sorry, I'm 56 and my brain is as agile as ever. I rarely forget anything. Just because you are obviously becoming decrepit, don't assume the rest of us are in the same boat... I read a lot and do money and number calculations in my head. I play word games and I keep my brain agile....my Dad is 95 and he plays Patience and does crossword puzzles every day to keep his mind agile. He is becoming forgetful but did you notice his age??
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
Don't get me wrong. This is only a discussion. My thinking mind is still steady and not running into senility yet. Keeping ourselves active mentality will preserve our memory.
@betsyhu (207)
• China
14 May 09
Well, forgetfulness is too bad. Some times, i forget what i want to do next though plan before. Even if, when i come to certain place, i don't remeber what to do. furthermore, i feel sleepy and tired , so no energic to do anything even my interesting entertainment recently. I don't know how i'm , consulting from relevant online doctor, they advise to go to hospital. Am I turning to be senile ? Oh, no, I can't imagine what will next do if still retain the status .
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
It looks like you are running fast towards senility.
• China
14 May 09
Hi zandi, I am a younger from china, and now my age is still below 30. Though the case what you said do not happen on myself obiviously,I am agree with your view. In my life, it is often can be seen that my grangma always denies what she just said harmlessly. Just as you said, the old age is a great hindrance to good memory. Fortunately,we have other methods to make it up. For example, we can make record for some important things by writing on the paper, setting elec-alram, being told by others etc. And the most efficent way is download mylot.com to inhence our memory. Ok, a small joke. I wish we can make good friends from now on.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
You are well prepared to counter absent mindedness. It is good to practice those you write. Why not I am always open to friendship.
• India
14 May 09
You are very correct. I am in mid 30’s and already I tend to forget small things like one item in the grocery list, or where I kept the key or maybe I needed to call up somebody and small things like that which usually come back at some later moment. Though not yet scared, but my mom’s getting into Alzheimer’s more and more these days and she cant remember one thing a few minutes later and this has really got me scared. Don’t know if this disease is hereditary but I am trying my best to keep my brain active.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
If there is already someone in the family having alzheimer, it is better to prevent it by keeping your brain active. I think it is hereditary.
@littleowl (7157)
14 May 09
Hi zandi, that makes me laugh, I forget so many things it is so true what you just said..have even put a boiled egg on then smelt some burning ran out in the kitchen as I forgot it was on!! But you are also so right about myLot as long as we keep going on here answering and doing discussions it is mentally challenging and is keeping your brain active, that's why I stay here as well as having all my friends here as well...hugs LoLo
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
18 May 09
Mylotting everyday keeps the brain working. It is good to be mingling around with the young and old in mylot. It keeps the mind alert. Keep on mylotting to keep our sanity intact.
@playapal (894)
• United States
13 May 09
I think that we all do silly things sometimes, lose our keys or forget what we were just getting ready to do. Yes I am over 50 but have done things like this off and on throughout my life. Maybe we lead such busy lives that our brain just goes on overload after a while, or maybe I'm just getting old! Either way, working on mylot and other computer activities should help to keep us alert if not active!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 May 09
I agree with you. Our hectic lifestyles tend to make us forgetful. Age is of course another factor that contributes to forgetfulness.
@Sreekala (22879)
• India
13 May 09
Hi Zandi, Forgetting something in day to day affairs is common thing now. I do agree that aging can loose memories but the present generation is losing memory very fast. Earlier people were using earthen pots for preparing food and it never harms our health. Later people find out many other types of materials for convenience (non-breakable). Studies show that if the food is preparing in an aluminum vessel or bowl it will cause the memory loose. In other words if we eat food regularly which is preparing in these kind of container then there is a chance of loosing memory. I don’t have much knowledge about the subject but I heard the same and sharing with you. What you explained in your discussion is a common scenario in every house; my hubby is scolding me on forgetting something which has kept in stove, most probably milk and kitchen becomes a milk river (lol)
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 May 09
I think so, forgetfulness is a common thing now. We cannot discount the fact that cooking utensils can be one of the reasons for the loss of mental strength.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
13 May 09
I agree about stretching your memory, whatever your age. I like to do samurai sudoku puzzles with 5 interlocking grids and cryptic crosswords to keep my brain active. Bingo is also supposed to be very good. Keep thinking and keep doing. Use it or lose it, as they say!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
13 May 09
You are doing the right brain exercise. Sudoku puzzles is great brain exerciser. Mylot has been keeping me active and it really helps me to think which works the brain out.