Don't Forget To Remember Your Memory
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | Admin
With the increase of dementia in the media in recent years, as well as the increase in the number of those diagnosed with dementia and related issues, we thought we would look into memory loss and things you can do to look after your treasured memories, either as you age or if you are in the early stages of dementia...
There are a few things you can do to keep your memory in shape:
Like physical health, keeping your memory and brain active can help improve processes and performance of mental activities. Popular ways to keep active is completing puzzles such as crosswords, quizzes and brain training games.
Vitamin B1 & B12: 'B' Vitamins are widely associated with increased brain functions and aids to memory loss, vitamins B1 & B12 are particularly highlighted as being proactive in slowing the process of dementia, increasing brain functions which in turn increase memory function.
Small amounts of research have been carried out into the effects of Vitamin E on memory loss and the onset of Alzheimer's Disease, some results suggest that Vitamin E does provide small improvements, however no long-term studies have been conducted to determine if this is the case over longer periods of time.
Whilst not directly linked to improving memory, Vitamin C is linked to producing 'happy hormones' and improving the immune system, which can in turn alleviate the symptoms of depression. Depression has been strongly linked to loss of memory as the brain is under added stress. Alleviating these symptoms can in turn improve memory by removing potential obstructions.
The effects of zinc on memory and improving brain functions is something that has been looked into a lot in recent years. These studies have found that Zinc is likely to help improve memory as it regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus, specifically enabling the nerve cells to communicate, this in turn improves learning and memory.
Vitamin D is widely known as 'the sunshine vitamin' as it is linked to feeling happy, however that is not the whole picture, Vitamin D is also known to increase nerve growth and receptors in areas of the brain associated with planning, organisation and creating new memories.
Sleep can have a significant impact on the functions of your brain, just one night of too little sleep can have huge repercussions the next day. Sleep is needed to rejuvenate the brain and in turn increase brain functions. It has been found that children who nap between learning and testing performed better in the test than those that didn't.
Eating the right types of food can help you're entire body perform better, including your brain. Whilst there are no foods that directly affect the memory, the vitamins and nutrients in healthy foods can have wider spread positive effects.
Whilst some people may simply have to exercise their memory to improve it, others are living with very serious conditions that don't have a cure. The above tips are certainly not complete cures for either, but are simply suggestions based on studies into memory and whilst they may not be a cure they might just help.
types of memory
There are 3 types of memory in every human, 'long-term' (think summer holiday and childhood stories) 'Sense memory' (doing two things at once as one task becomes 'automatic' as your senses take over and remember how to do the task for you) and 'short term' memory (anything you don't need to remember for long, i.e. shopping lists).
Is there a limit on memory?
Yes, on average, the short-term memory can only hold around 7 pieces of information at a time. This is partly the reason behind the length of phone numbers being restricted to 6 digits (minus the area code)!
Dementia is a type of disorder that effects the brain, causes loss of brain functions, most notably memory loss, confusion and problems with communicating and understanding. As yet, there is no known cause or trigger that brings the onset of dementia.
Who is affected: Over 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed as living with dementia.
Treatments: As yet there are no known cures for dementia, it is possible to slow the symptoms and delay the process with medication, vitamins and supplements.
Memory loss linked to age: Memory loss is usually linked with the ageing process, however only slight memory problems are directly related and can be traced back to the ageing process. Anything more than slight issues, are usually a sign of something more serious.