Remember Fred Mertz on “I Love Lucy?” He couldn’t find his glasses and he would search and search, and finally found them right on top of his head. It’s amusing to watch that kind of thing on TV, but when it crops up in your own life it is not that amusing.
I find myself going into a room and forgetting why I came, leaving my glasses on the restaurant table, and walking out of the store with a full basket minus the most important item I came for.
What causes these memory lapses in menopause? The most likely culprit is declining levels of estrogen, because it affects our attention, mood, memory, and other brain processes.
Here are three off-beat tips you can use to improve memory loss:
I used to chew the Bazooka gum when I was a kid, and of course I like to get a gumball out of those high-priced machines at the mall, but I never thought it could improve memory loss. Psychologists in the UK report that people who chewed gum throughout a series of short- and long-memory tests, scored nearly 25% higher others taking the test.
How is this possible? There is no clear explanation, but some researchers think that there is increased activity in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and attention.
Write Instead of Type
This is a hard one for me because I have to wear splints when I type, and writing aggravates my arthritis symptoms. If you don’t have physical problems with your hands or fingers, writing with a pen or pencil is better.
In a study conducted by UCLA researchers, laptop users took more notes than hand writers, but the hand writers had a stronger memory of what they were learning.
Move Eyes From Side to Side
This is exciting because it is so easy to do and takes little time. Participants in a research study were asked to move their eyes from side to side for 30 seconds. When performing recall tasks later in the day, they performed an average of 10% better.
You may be wondering how moving your eyes could help your memory. While there is still a need for more studies, researchers think that the eye movements link the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Memory loss is a complex subject, and more research is definitely needed. Try these three tips and see how they work for you.