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Better memory: Use these simple tricks to help you remember

These proven strategies will help you lock onto names and faces
and stop forgetting where you put your keys and wallet
.

The lost-keys-and-wallet scenario—it's a classic. You walk in the door, toss your things somewhere without thinking, and moments later the location vanishes from memory. Recalling the location of possessions in your home, along with remembering names and faces, are two of the most common memory tasks that get a little slippery with aging.

"Normal changes in mental function are just part of aging," says Dr. Aaron Nelson, Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital and coauthor of the The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory. "Just as other systems in the body change—like bones, joints, muscles, and organs—the brain is not exempt from the aging process."

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