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How Much Information Can You Hold in Your Short-Term Memory?


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“I always have trouble remembering 3 things: Faces, Names, and … I can’t remember what the third thing is.”
-Fred Allen
Yes, it’s our short-term memory that most of us struggle with on a daily basis.  We walk into a room and forget why we entered it.  Someone gives us instructions and then we forget those instructions halfway towards our destination. We get a simple grocery list and we can’t seem to get it right.  We beat ourselves up a lot about our failures, but how much information can our short-term memory hold? 


7 Activities to Improve Your Neuroplasticity

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One of the most popular terms in today’s brain health and memory improvement environment is Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is defined as the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Our brain’s Neuroplasticity allows our body and system to make changes to compensate for injury, disease and respond to other changes in our situation or environment. It also allows us to continue to develop our mind and memory.  Yes, the theory of use it or lose it is true when improving your memory and brain health. 

The increased awareness of Neuroplasticity has created a huge interest in memory improvement solutions.  As a matter of fact, it has created a whole new online gaming industry that is focused on improving your memory and brain health.  In addition, many people have become more deliberate in doing their brain teasers like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other challenges.  


How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Your Brain Health?


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A recent study revealed that middle-aged men who consume more than 36 grams of alcohol (two and a half alcoholic drinks) per day may speed up their memory loss by nearly six years. 
The study, released in the journal Neurology, showed significant, quantifiable loss of cognitive powers akin to premature aging in those middle aged males who consumed more than two and a half alcoholic drinks per day. The study, which began in 1985, focused on 7,513 British civil servants who were members of the so-called Whitehall II cohort.  Every four years, members of the cohort had been surveyed on health habits (including alcohol consumption) and undergone a number of examinations. Testing started in 1997 and was repeated at three intervals, the last in 2009 when the people ranged in age from 55 to 80.


Contributors to Increased Forgetfulness

We all suffer from forgetfulness.  Every day we have our senior moments.  Some days are better than others.  It’s when we get a sense that our forgetfulness is increasing that throws us into a panic. We begin to freak out and believe that we’re on the road to Alzheimer’s.  Calm down! In most cases we’re not on that road, however, it makes sense to begin evaluating what might be contributing to increased forgetfulness.
Here are a number of known contributors to forgetfulness:
Alcohol – It’s commonly known that alcohol impairs brain function.  One or two servings of wine (or other alcohol beverage) per day are considered good for your health, however, chronic alcohol consumption can seriously impair memory functions. If you’re on medications at the same time you’re consuming alcohol, you could be serving yourself a true memory numbing cocktail.