How to Keep Your Memory Sharp at Any Age

While we’ve all left our car keys in random places and forgotten about it completely, it’s not as normal to experience memory loss with age as you might think. There are, in fact, preventative measures you can take while you’re still young, and even as you begin to age, that may help to keep your memory as sharp as possible.

Here is a handful of great ways to boost your brain power and make it easier to preserve the memories of your older relatives as well - so that you can hear their stories a few more times.

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Challenge your senses
When you think about how our senses connect with our memories, it becomes easier to train it on your own. Train yourself frequently by connecting visual memories with a smell, for example, and try to incorporate this even as you study for an exam or work presentation.
It will work wonders for your senior family members as well; by smelling something, in particular, you’re developing a strong association to memories. Think about the aromatic fragrances of a Christmas dinner, for example, and how you may have picked up on the smell of cinnamon once and exclaimed that it smells just like Christmas. 
When your older relatives talk about their memories from when they were younger, try to create similar patterns for them without making it too obvious. Have a look at BBC, by the way, for an interesting read on how to unlock forgotten memories.
Ask them about what it looked like where they grew up, for example, and keep connecting their senses with different memories. It makes it a lot more likely that they’ll stay put in their minds for a long time still.

Never stop learning
It’s relatively easy to keep learning while we’re still young, and it has been proven that those with higher education tend to enjoy an active and sharp memory for longer. 
If you have older family members in your life, make sure they have the right structure in their everyday lives to encourage learning. Many social services, such as Cayon Care Services, are able to provide carers to help elderly out in their homes, which makes it a lot easier for them to keep enjoying their routines even if they live at home.
Mention to one of their carers that you’d like it if they also encouraged your relative to continue playing chess or to keep reading - and make sure you ask them about how the carers can make it more enjoyable to keep learning.
Reinforce memories
Before an important exam, you’d probably repeat what you learned a hundred times to make sure it sticks. Although a lot of this information will seep back out pretty soon, seeing that we don’t always make use of what we learn in college straight away, you can keep the same mindset in terms of keeping your memory sharp. 
Diaries are a good way to this, for example, as you’ll have the opportunity to both write down and re-read your experiences. Keep asking your senior family members about their lives as well, by the way, and let them repeat themselves as much as they’d like.
It’s good for their memory, after all, and you’ll undoubtedly miss hearing their stories over again when they’re no longer able to share.