Recent Blog Articles
Improving access to hearing aids
Can mindfulness change your brain?
Five lifestyle factors that can help prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease
Transient ischemic attacks: Varied symptoms, all important
5 inflammation-fighting food swaps
Is IBD an underrecognized health problem in minority groups?
Sickle cell disease in newborns and children: What families should know and do
COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens: What we do — and don’t — know
Happy trails: Take a hike, now
Sleep well — and reduce your risk of dementia and death
More on executive function: Six memory tips
1. Give it time
It’s normal for the ability to recall information to slow down as we get older. Your recall time won’t necessarily improve, but if you cut yourself some slack and give your memory the time it needs to retrieve information, you’ll often be able to access a memory that might seem lost at first.
2. Don’t get anxious about it
This is related to giving it time. If you get worked up about not being able to remember, the resulting anxiety may get in the way. Martha Weinman Lear makes this point nicely in her entertaining and informative book about normal memory loss, Where Did I Leave My Glasses?
To continue reading this article, you must log in.
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.
- Research health conditions
- Check your symptoms
- Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
- Find the best treatments and procedures for you
- Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.Sign Me Up
Already a member? Login ».
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.