With aging, the brain processes information slower and it becomes harder to form new memories. Two types of memory tasks that most people notice slipping with age are remembering the location of possessions in the home and remembering the names and faces of new people. By being mindful of such age-related changes and compensating for them, most individuals can still perform daily memory tasks to their satisfaction. To remember the location of car keys or a wallet, it helps to place the items in the same place every day. To remember names and faces, it helps to mentally associate the person with someone else or to make up rhymes involving the new person’s name. These tricks form many new interconnections between brain cells to create more lasting memories.
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