As we age, many of us begin to become aware that we might not be as sharp as we once were. The fact is that while some cognitive abilities continue to improve well into older age, some decline. So what should we do?
A type of memory called semantic memory continues to improve for many older adults. Semantic memory is the ability to recall concepts and general facts that are not related to specific experiences. Semantic memory also involves vocabulary and knowledge of language. In addition, procedural memory, your memory of how to do things, typically stays the same. For example, a semantic memory is knowing that a clock tells time and a procedural memory is knowing how to tell time by reading the numbers on a clock
Both episodic and longer term memory decline somewhat over time. Episodic memory captures the "what," "where," and "when" of our daily lives. An example of declining episodic memory might be forgetting where you left your car in the parking lot or forgetting what you came into the kitchen to get.
In addition to declining memory, as we age, there are other types of brain functions that decrease slightly and/or slow down. They include:
- information processing
- the ability to learn something new
- doing more than one task at a time and shifting focus between tasks
To help improve brain function and memory as you age, there are several things you can do:
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