SUGAR AND SPICE ADVICE
Every worry about losing your memory?
Do you go to get something in another
room and when you get there do you
promptly forget what you wanted? Been
there, done that, multiple times. Alzheim-
er’s? I think not.
One theory is that we have so much on our
minds that something drops off our mental
list. Sigmund Freud said that there was no
such thing as forgetting. People are trying to
hide a memory or some deed by claiming to
have forgotten. It’s in our heads somewhere
and we could call it forth if we really wanted
to, but we really don’t want to.
I just heard a new theory a couple of months
ago. The experts say that forgetting what
is wanted in the next room occurs because
you are leaving one room to go into another.
They postulate that leaving a room represents
a type of closure and that walking into a different
room represents a fresh beginning. Forgetting
what you want from one room to the next is a
“natural phenomenon.” Well, at least we don’t
have to feel guilty or worry about organic brain
disease according to the folks.
Want to improve your memory? Here is the good
news. No matter your age, you can do some simple
things that will improve your short- and long-term
1) Exercise you brain. Crossword or soduko puzzles
anyone? These help but there are even better methods.
Memorize a poem or passage. Try brushing your teeth
with your non-dominant hand. Put on your shoes with
your eyes closed. What in the world for? Because seldom
used areas of the brain need exercised. This can improve
brain function, including memory.
2) Review often. Review critical information daily
until it is fully committed to memory. Then review
less often. This is more effective than cramming.
(Cramming reminds me of my testing days as a
student at BYU.)
3) Write it down. Jot something down. Then speak
the information out loud. Think about jingles
written for products. We sure remember those,
don’t we? The goal is to use more than one type of
4) Sleep well. We hear about the need for a good
night’s sleep so often? Why? Because there is not
a single thing in a person’s life that is not affected
by getting sleep or experiencing a lack of sleep.
5) Exercise and quit smoking. Both improve oxy-
gen delivery to the brain. Nothing else needs to be
6) Use mnemonic devices. These are clues that can
help you remember info by tying it to visual images,
acronyms, rhymes, or by putting the data you need
to remember into smaller groups. Nurses use the
name MONA as a mnemonic when a patient presents
with a complaint of chest pain. M = morphine. O =
oxygen. N=nitroglycerine. A = aspirin. These really
So don’t think you have lost it. You still have it. Just
use these tools to keep the data on the forefront of
your mind and the tip of your type.
Now where did I put my flash drive so I can save this?