At one time of another we have all misplaced keys, forgotten a phone number, blanked on an acquaintance name. When we are still young this is not much of problem but as we age we start worrying a lot what they mean. Lack of focus or memory loss is a common disease among adults. For instance, you start talking about something then suddenly you realize that you cannot remember all about it or you are giving directions when suddenly you cannot remember everything.
Among the Asian and Pacific Islander seniors, this is usually a common problem. Unfortunately, the Asian culture does not allow treatment to be carried out in the normal way. The treatment often requires that the health professionals ask patients and their family members to share their views about the problem and their treatment expectations before the treatment can be commenced.
In this context,the relationship is not seen as a partnership but rather the physician is considered as an authority making the patients tell them only what they want to hear. Therefore, it’s important that the health care provider reassure the patient that they can freely talk about their memory problems without any judgment being put on them. Thankfully, these challenges of aging among the Asian and Pacific Islander seniors can easily be addressed through mental exercises.
This means that as a patient you do not have to visit a doctor for such challenges.
Top 7 Solutions and Mental Exercises for Seniors
- Keep learning– According to experts, continuous learning can actually keep the memory strong by making the person active. For instance, just as jobs often keep people active learning a new skill or pursuing a hobby can also keep you active. You can play chess, read a book, join a group or even pursue music or an art.
- Test your recall– You may make a list of things such as a shopping list and try to master them. For the greatest mental stimulation, you may make the items in the list as challenging as possible.
- Create word picture– You can visualize the spelling of a particular word in your head and then try and think of any other word that is almost the same in spelling with the word that you have visualized.
- Consider a memory supplement – there have been many advance in the world of memory, concentration and focus supplements. Ginkgo Biloba is no longer the only and/ or best choice to help memory recall. Research nootropics!
- Economize your brain use– As a senior citizen, you do not need to use your memory to remember small things such as where you put your car keys. This will free your brain so that you can be able to remember important things. You can also take advantage of cameras, planners, shopping lists and maps so that you can improve your memory in a much easier way.
- Repeat what you want to know– When you want to memorize something that you have heard you may repeat it, memorize or even write it down. By doing so, you will be putting your memory into action. For instance, if you have just learned someone’s name you can use it when talking to him or her.
- Make a mnemonic– Mnemonic devices could be things in the form of acronyms such as EGBDF referring to Every Good Boy Does Fine. This will give you an easy way of remembering things.