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WANT to sharpen up your mem­ory? Here are some prac­ti­cal steps that might help:

MAKE sure you are hear­ing and see­ing prop­erly. ‘It is amaz­ing to me how many peo­ple ig­nore this ob­vi­ous point,’ says Pro­fes­sor Gor­don.

‘It should not be a sur­prise to any­one that not be­ing able to hear or see well can cause prob­lems with mem­ory.’ This is be­cause you can’t ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion prop­erly the first time around.

SOME med­i­ca­tion, in­clud­ing codeine, sleep­ing pills and statins, may dull your mind or your mem­ory — con­sult with your doc­tor to re­view your med­i­ca­tions.

PAY at­ten­tion! You will not re­mem­ber some­thing if you do not hear it or are think­ing of some­thing else. To re­mem­ber some­thing, you must con­cen­trate.

FOL­LOW a Mediter­ranean diet. ‘There is an in­creas­ing amount of ev­i­dence to in­di­cate eat­ing a healthy diet that’s rich in oily fish, fresh veg and nuts is good for your brain and can help main­tain your mem­ory as you get older,’ ac­cord­ing to the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

EX­ER­CISE keeps your res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem and cir­cu­la­tion strong. This not only gets vi­tal blood and oxy­gen to the brain cells, but can im­prove your mood and re­duce stress.

EX­AM­INE your sleep pat­terns, says Pro­fes­sor Gor­don. ‘Sleep­ing prob­lems are a big is­sue in mem­ory, and sleep is cer­tainly some­thing most of us aren’t get­ting enough of.’

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