Top 100 Memory Exercises (pg 5)

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81.  Get Involved In Poetry
Just like actors, poets need to get their lines right. The vision of having a perfect poem at the end of the 'drug' that keeps them going day after day. Poetry helps you exercise your memory muscles a great deal .
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82.  Card Games
Card games require skill in memory and are enjoyable at the same time. Older adults with memory loss can often function well enough to engage in card games with others, which also gives their brain practice in using memory skills. Repeatedly using memory skills may help this function become sharper.
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83. Teaching
Older adults who are beginning to experience a decline in memory may benefit from teaching others or giving advice. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University discovered that when they asked older adults with memory loss about their children, for example, then asked them to give advice about child-rearing, the patients showed an increase in memory function and lucidity. Other exercises that showed similar results included asking the patients to instruct how to make a recipe.
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84.  Puzzles
Puzzles are enjoyable ways to pass the time and can improve memory function as well. Word puzzles, such as crosswords and word searches, use memory skills and word recall, which can sharpen these skills. Number puzzles like Sudoku can be beneficial. Even putting together jigsaw puzzles can give the brain practice with exercising its memory functions.
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85.  Improve Memory Naturally
Ensure to exercise regularly, especially cardiovascular exercises. Exercising improved blood flow thus maintaining a healthy brain.

Do not take stress. Keep stress at bay by practicing yoga or deep breathing exercises. Keep your mind healthy and stimulated with challenging activities such as puzzles, learning a new Language or learning to play a musical instrument.
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86.  Use Multiple Senses
If you are trying to memorize a list, say it out loud as well. That way your brain processes the information in multiple ways and there is greater success at moving the information from the working memory to long-term memory.
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87.  Take On A New Challenge

Give your brain the mental stimulation it is craving! Think how bored we get doing the same routine day in and day out. Your brain needs the change of a new challenge to get excited. Take a class, learn how to cook a new style of food, or learn to knit. Find something that gets you excited. Learning a foreign language can be a great memory exercise. This requires listening, writing and practicing the language, which helps your mind process the information using different areas of the brain.
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88.  Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Going to a new place increases your need to pay attention to detail. If you are out of your usual routine, you have to take the time to stop and think about your next move. One additional memory exercise you can use at the end of a new journey is to create a mental picture of where you were and try to draw a map of it when you get home. This can show you how much visual attention you gave to your new surroundings.

Your brain needs stimulation and memory exercises to help fight factors that can lead to memory problems or memory loss. Challenge yourself to give your mind the tools it needs to stay ahead of the game!
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89.  Create an Image

When you need to remember something important, find a way to create an image about that in your mind that is either bizarre or strange. Your brain has an easier time remembering images that are unusual, while it easily forgets things that are ordinary.
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90.  Free Your Mind by Writing Things Down
There really is no reason to memorize a grocery list. Make written lists of what you need to do or to remember. By writing things, like lists down, you can free up your brain to remember other things that are more important.
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91.  Schedule Breaks
When you are studying a lot of material, schedule a break every 45 - 60 minutes to walk around or do something completely different. When you sit down to study again, your brain will be refreshed and your concentration improved.
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92.  Try Fun Memory Exercises
There are plenty of books and worksheets available to practice mnemonic techniques. Give your brain a good workout by practicing memorization as a fun exercise. Every few days, pick a new favorite inspirational quote or passage to memorize, and then write it down or verbalize it aloud.
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93.  Imagine The Future

When you are trying to remember a person or a particular event, think about it in future terms. Imagine where you'll see that person next, and anything you notice about them that will help you recall their face. The additional associations will set the memory more firmly in your brain.
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94.  Simply Tell Yourself To Remember

This is similar to the previous memory technique. For example, take the time when you first learn a person's name to actually tell yourself, "remember that". This signals your unconscious mind to rank this memory higher in importance.
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95.  Challenge Your Brain
One way to challenge your brain is to try using the hand that you do not normally use to complete tasks. For example, if you are right handed, use your left hand to write your name and other words, or to brush your teeth. You could also try operating the television remote or dialing the telephone with that hand.
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96.  Use It Or Lose It
When the brain is not exercised, like any part of the body that is not used regularly, it does not function at its best. The brain needs exercise to stay healthy. Exercising the brain requires thinking that is different from what most people are accustomed to doing on a daily basis. There are some simple techniques that can be employed to get the brain moving. The best thing about these strategies is that they can be a lot of fun.
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97) Practice Associative Memorization

Here, you can take a list of names of individuals or businesses, or even words you find yourself looking up frequently. This memory exercise works by making an association between the word or words and meanings. for example, you've just gained a new client whose business name is unusual. Let's say the name is forward Enterprises, in the business of selling carpet cleaning services. Make your own associative sentence, one that makes sense to you. ìA clean carpet makes your housekeeping into a forward Enterprise’s If your new coworker's name is Janet Dough, think ìJanet makes bread dough.
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98.  Memorize Math Formulas
Algebra and geometry are good candidates for this memory exercise. This is sheer memorization for most people and works well for students and general memory difficulties. These are best memorized one at a time.
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99.  What's Happening In the World Today ?
Challenge yourself to a quiz after listening to the news. Write down the names of the people mentioned in the news that day, including names of celebrities, political figures and interest stories. Next to each name, write down a word or two that describes the topic of the news story. If you want, you can check your list with facts by checking online.
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100.  What's My Schedule?
At the beginning of the week, pull out a blank weekly schedule page. Fill in the blanks with any commitments you have that week, working from memory. Then go and check your schedule with the calendar and see how many things you got right or missed and make corrections. Click here >>