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Memory Exercises for Your Brain

Overview

Exercise for your brain helps to create new pathways between nerves, challenge the brain and may help improve your reasoning skills, perception and function, according to Alzheimer's Disease Research. It can also offer brain function protection benefits. Improving memory is especially beneficial to those diagnosed with brain degenerative disease processes, such as Alzheimer's, or other forms of dementia. Memory exercises should be fun and challenging, giving your brain a mental workout that offers a variety of long-term benefits.

Play Games

Play games, online and off, that test and challenge you to remember. The old-fashioned card game "Memory" is the perfect place to start your memory enhancement. Or, test your short-term memory by having a friend or family member place a certain number of objects on a table and cover them with a towel. Uncover the objects for about one minute and then cover them again. Try to remember how many objects were on the table and what they were, suggests Neuroscience for Kids, a website resource for teachers and children to learn and understand the workings of the nervous system. As an alternative challenge, take one object away from the table and see if you can remember what the missing object is.

Brain Cognition Activities

Reading, engaging in craft activities and browsing on the computer may help prevent memory loss, according to Science Daily. Daily brain cognition activities performed may help decrease risk of impairment by up to 50 percent, according to Science Daily. Solitary games can include thinking activities such as painting, cards, crossword puzzles and similar activities; group games may include activities such as personal stories and storytelling, crafting, scrapbooking and painting.

Socializing

Science Daily suggests that people, especially the elderly, engage in social interaction to help relieve stress and depression, and help slow memory loss. Active engagement keeps the brain functioning to remember names, improve language and communication skills and utilize short and long-term memory in conversation. Use memorization skills to remember names, faces, events and personal facts about friends and peers.

Concentration

When trying to improve your memory, focus on your task. Limit outside distractions and pay attention to what it is you want to remember. Don't try to memorize or absorb too much information at a time, but break it up into manageable chunks. Repeat information aloud to yourself over and over again.

Physical Exercise

Physical activity and exercise help increase oxygen and nutrient-enriched blood flow to the brain, helping keep you focused and sharp. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for optimal benefits.

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