Practice tests, medical alert can help improve memory

Bryan Aldrige

February 3, 2011

There has been a lot of talk about ways to improve memory in older adults – from brain fitness to physical fitness – and there are almost so many methods that, ironically, it's hard to remember them all. has recently suggested a new one that may finally prove to be more effective than most others.

Many may think they left the days of tests behind them, but the news source states that this may be the best way to keep a mind sharp. Try completing practice tests about names, places and events, then really start using it at parties and other social functions.

When meeting someone new, older adults should try the time-honored trick of saying that it was nice to meet the person, repeating the name. Then, 10 minutes later, try thinking of the name again.

Those who are having difficulty remembering certain things may also want to invest in a medical alert system for medications. This device can notify seniors when it's time to take certain pills with a programmed medical alarm.

Practice tests can be used for reading, too – instead of re-reading something, instead try to design a quiz based on the information, the news source states.