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7) Other things which may affect memory

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  • Mental training There is some evidence that mental training may improve alertness and attention. Give the brain a work out by doing simple mental tasks, mental arithmetic, crosswords, sudoku puzzles. Listening to music may also be beneficial if the person has communication or eyesight problems and cannot manage other tasks.
  • Physical activity can also help by improving blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain.
  • Depression or stress can indirectly affect memory or the ability to use existing memory.
  • Infection or other illness this can affect the mental ability temporarily.
  • Pain can be a powerful distraction and a block to memory tasks.
  • Medication Some forms of medication can cause confusion as a side effect in certain people. Check with a doctor or pharmacist if you suspect the person’s memory has suddenly deteriorated after taking a new medication.
  • Dehydration can cause confusion especially in elderly people. Most of us need about 6 cups of tea, coffee, juice or water a day- more in hot weather.

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  • Mental training There is some evidence that mental training may improve alertness and attention. Give the brain a work out by doing simple mental tasks, mental arithmetic, crosswords, sudoku puzzles. Listening to music may also be beneficial if the person has communication or eyesight problems and cannot manage other tasks.
  • Physical activity can also help by improving blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain.
  • Depression or stress  can indirectly affect memory or the ability to use existing memory.
  • Infection or other illness this can affect the mental ability temporarily.
  • Pain  can be a powerful distraction and a block to memory tasks.
  • Medication Some forms of medication can cause confusion as a side effect in certain people. Check with a doctor or pharmacist if you suspect the person’s memory has suddenly deteriorated after taking a new medication.
  • Dehydration can cause confusion especially in elderly people. Tea and coffee can contribute to dehydration by making you visit the toilet more often. You should aim to alternate with water or juice, at least 6 cups a day.

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