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Tips to Avoid Memory Loss during Menopause

Most people have dealt with some form of memory loss at some point. Usually, it is a momentary lapse where they can't recall something like a person's name, where they left our car keys, what they had for breakfast that morning. This is often referred to as a "brain fog" and is perfectly normal, although it can be irritating and embarrassing.

However, when a woman experiences menopause, "brain fog" can become a much more regular occurrence. Recollection of information that she has just been told may be quickly be forgotten.

During menopause women may notice more frequent memory lapses


Once a woman had recognized that she is dealing with memory lapses, it is a good idea to seek coping mechanisms and other ways to deal with them.

1

 Actively Focus on Remembering

New information cannot be retained if your brain has not had the opportunity to encode it in the first place. It takes the brain eight seconds of intense concentration to process new information as a short-term memory. You can do this by making eye contact and listening closely when someone is giving you information you want to remember. Try paraphrasing information when you get it so that it is more easily remembered and recalled. Also, try minimizing distractions by multitasking less frequently and finishing one task before starting a new one. Try to use meeting places that are quieter and less distracting to you.

2

Use All of Your Senses

You are much more likely to remember information if you use as many of your senses as possible. The majority of information that women will forget during menopause has been conveyed to them in visual or audio form. If you record the information in a second way - writing it down, or relating it to a smell - then you will have a better chance of recalling it later.

3

Use Old Information to Retain New

Use old knowledge to help you maintain new knowledge. You will just be adding to information that is already stored rather than creating a new memory. Alternatively, use old knowledge to make connections to new memories. For example, if you want to remember a new address, then make a point of connecting that new address with a familiar location nearby.

4

Get Organized

This tip is simple, but difficult for many people to carry out. Use diaries and written notes to remind yourself of important dates, meetings, and activities. Make sure this book is always easily at hand. Nowadays, smartphones can help with this. The process of recording information should help you later recall of it, too.

5

Do Brain Exercises

Brain exercises can help curb memory lapses because they keep the brain working. Any exercise that stimulates the brain can be effective. Try, for example, crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, or a game of Scrabble. Alternatively, try sensory or cognitive training games. Some examples of these include trying to brush your teeth with your other hand or getting dressed with your eyes shut, which encourages your brain to work in new and challenging ways.

Recommendation

Studies suggest that women who are nearing or already experiencing menopause are 95% more likely to experience memory lapses than other women. Some memory lapses are caused by an imbalance of hormones, but may be minimized if certain measures are taken. Find out more information about memory lapse treatments and why they happen.

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Sources:
  • Harvard Women's Health Watch. (2014). Where did I put that? Tips to improve your memory. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/where-did-i-put-that-tips-to-improve-your-memory-
  • Harvard Women's Health Watch. (2015). Tips to get the most from your memory. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/tips-to-get-the-most-from-your-memory