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Ask the doctor: Are there tricks to help improve my memory?

Q. I'm more forgetful than I used to be. I'm not worried about dementia, but are there tricks for improving my memory?

A. There are some simple tricks.

Rule 1: Avoid multitasking, and focus. When someone is talking to you, look at the person and listen closely. If you miss something, ask the person to repeat it.

Rule 2: The moment you hear or read something you don't understand, seek clarification at that moment, if at all possible. When someone says something you want to understand but don't, ask questions. For one thing, you'll be surprised by how often others you ask are delighted by your question, because it shows you really are interested in what they have to say.

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