Memory maximisation


Keeping your memory in the best shape

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
~The Story Girl, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Important: health warning
If you have concerns about memory loss or not being able to identify people or things you know, see your doctor. Early diagnosis can dramatically slow deterioration for many of the ageing diseases.

Senior Man Doing Crossword Puzzle In Garden

Activities to maintain your memory

These ideas are useful practices to slow normal ageing memory decline.
There is an old saying that goes ‘Use it or lose it’. Playing and learning is good. You could try to:

Play games which use strategy
Chess, bridge or Scrabble are good as are crosswords, word puzzles, or number puzzles such as Sudoku.

Read newspapers or magazines that challenge you
Choose journals where you don’t always agree with their editorial position. If you don’t like reading go to debates.

Get in the habit of learning new things
Games, recipes, driving routes, a musical instrument, a foreign language. Take a course in an unfamiliar subject that interests you.

Improve existing skills
If you already speak a foreign language, commit to improving your fluency. Or if you’re a keen golfer, aim to lower your handicap.

Get planning
Whatever the project, a garden, a drawing or a holiday, the planning is a good brain exercise.


The next section looks at mental health & stress.

Healthy Active Ageing

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Your doctor can help with medical problems, or if you are in an emotional crisis you could contact the Samaritans. You can call them free from any phone on 116 123, email or you may have a branch near you that you can visit (see

If the cause of your crisis is feeling overwhelmed by a financial or legal issue then they may suggest a local legal centre or the Citizens Advice Bureau as a good first step to solving your issues.

There is a Spanish phrase that says ‘Where there is a will, there are many ways’. Just because what you have tried so far has not worked does not mean there is nothing else to try and these people are expert at finding the right solution in a crisis, and they care.