Feeling absent minded? A memory improvement course could change your life for the better

Sunday 17th  March 2013 

Just occasionally I forget someone’s name, a significant date, or even why I went to the shops in the first place.

This bit of absent mindedness isn’t unusual - how many times does that happen to you, and is it disturbing if it should become more frequent?

In these circumstances we all start to think of the scary reasons, don’t we?

With a Dad suffering from Alzheimer's disease I’m already there ahead of you.

This horrifying condition is characterised by significant memory loss, to the point where the sufferer forgets the names of even their family, let alone their friends.

Of course there is always the risk that we may develop such a severe condition, but memory loss is also just part of getting older and can be helped without the fear that you have symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

So, if your slightly diminished powers of recall aren’t due to dementia or Alzheimer's, why do we begin to suffer lapses, especially as we age?

Find out how to sharpen your memory here

It might be tempting to think that it is because we are filling up our available storage, however, we only use a fraction of the available processing and storage capacity in our brains during life.

Others may try to convince you that a drink or two, past indiscretions with herbal substances or a few bangs on the noggin at the bottom of a scrum are to blame – causing damage to the grey cells.

Once again though we have plenty to spare and unless we are participating in a lifestyle that would make Keith Richards (of the Rolling Stones of course!) blush, we shouldn’t use them up too quickly.

(Besides, on Friday I told you how a glass of red wine can actually help ward off the effects of serious dementia.)

The issues seem to involve two functions in our brains and the communication pathways we use to move information around.

I’m not going to claim to be a neuroscientist, but I will try to simplify this process as far as I can – indeed just how Dad's consultant did for us when he was diagnosed.

In our daily lives we see, hear, smell and touch many things that get stored as experiences in a local filing cabinet.

This cabinet is a bit haphazard in its organisation, but allows us to grab information back quickly.

Over time this short term memory gets transferred to a much bigger and better organised archive which operates really well – just a bit slowly.

Imagine the amount of data stored from your very earliest memory to what you’re doing right now – every single thing is in there, and to get it back your brain needs to find it in amongst everything else.

Even this deep storage system has some bits that come to hand much easier, so we can access even very early memories if we deem them important enough.

Then the other component is like a series of tubes that connect all of these storage areas and allow information to zip around quickly.

This bit puts me in mind of one of the big stores we used to go into in Swansea when I was little.

The cashiers took your money when you paid and put it into a little box, which they then loaded into a tube.

By vacuum pressure the box whizzed off to a central accounts team who took your payment then placed the change in the box and sent it back to the till for you.

As a kid I was fascinated by the sound of the boxes rattling along the tubes which were slung overhead.

If you put the transferrable storage and the intricate communicating systems together you have the vague outline of how our memory works.

Problems occur when we don’t make full use of all of these components, allowing our short term memory to be clogged up by not putting stuff into storage, then letting the archive get too messy to find anything – and finally not using all of the available tubes to push information backwards and forwards.

So what we need is a bit of help in polishing all of this up – and that is what I have discovered the secret of doing.

Read on to find out more.

The memory course that really makes a difference

This kind of memory improvement needs something more than a magic fish oil pill, or a daily crack at the crossword – although these will help – you need truly professional help.

Well here is a way to access one of the most experienced adult learning colleges in the country, which specialises in helping develop better memory.

Click here to find out a whole lot more about how this course can help you

Founded in 1929 this establishment has been delivering some of the best courses in the country at its home in Cheshire.

Now, if like me you are thinking that there is no way I want to be going back to school at my age, then help is at hand because the Bowden Hall College Memory Course will come to you – and even better news is that if you are quick out of the blocks it will do so with a 10% saving in price as well.

Of course you might not want to pay a little money to improve your memory...

...you may say that by spending just 20 minutes a day for two weeks is too big a drain on your free time...

...and there may be an argument that by joining over three million people who have completed this course you will no longer be special...

...you may say all of that, but at least I won’t be making a gaff at my next party night!

And if it doesn’t help there is always the guaranteed 30 day money back offer to protect you.

I will apologise in advance for the crudity of my closing pun – this is a no brainer!

Alzheimer’s support information

One thing I would never joke about is the severity of declining memory related to more serious conditions.

If you are worried about Alzheimer’s please see the list of symptoms below, and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you feel they are relevant to you.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

3. Difficulty in completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure

4. Confusion with time or place

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

6. Problems with words in speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgement

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood or personality

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

If you are worried about Alzheimer’s and would prefer to talk to someone other than your doctor, you can call the Alzheimer’s Association helpline on 0300 222 11 22 or click here for their online support

 

Yours, as always

 

 


 

 

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