The memory works in strange and mysterious ways, but one thing is for certain: When you are unable to remember something, it’s really frustrating. Starting as early as your twenties and then accelerating in decline after the age of 65, memory function slows down as we get older. Like a computer, the memory works like an entire processing system, not limited to one place in the brain (though the hippocampus is essential for memory). Over time, that processing system can experience glitches — commonly known as memory lapses.
Memory expert Linda Ercoli, Ph.D., works in neuropsychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute, and has been caring for dementia patients for more than 20 years. She says as your brain ages it experiences cell-matter loss, which is what helps with connectivity throughout the brain so you can recall information. To protect those cells you must stay cognitively stimulated, she says. “The best way to strengthen the memory is to use it, consciously, as much as possible." Using her expertise, here are 12 memory-improving tips to incorporate into your daily routine. Practice these enough and soon you will finally be able to log in to your online banking account on the first try!