Quarterback Uses Memory Techniques

former quarterback uses memory techniques

former quarterback uses memory techniques

Mark Rypien, a former quarterback uses memory techniques to help him deal with his memory loss.

Rypien, who played football for the Washington Redskins, wants to make the sport safer for the players. Football players along with other athletes who play sports that involve crashing bodies together often suffer from concussions. These concussions in turn cause memory loss.

Quarterback Uses Memory Techniques

During his career Rypien knew about massive concussions, but not about the many small ones that he just shook off. They had a cumulative effect and now he frequently finds himself having to write things down or record conversations.

That lack of awareness of the risks he faced simply by shaking his head clear after “getting his bell rung” and the long-term effects Rypien has experienced are the reasons he agreed to become the lead plaintiff in a 126-player class-action lawsuitagainst the NFL.

In the suit, filed March 23, Rypien and fellow players contend that the NFL failed to educate them for decades on the risks associated with suffering repetitive tramatic brain injuries and concussions, and instead ignored and concealed the information. Fourteen other former Redskins are part of the lawsuit.

“Our thing is that we make the game safer. Not change the game, but players are faster and stronger, and if we can do certain things to protect [against] head trauma, why not implement those and put them in place?” Rypien said. “And for those that have received that, in this litigation, why not look into making their quality of life better?”

You can read the entire Washington Post article here.

There’s no doubt that more attention should be paid to the health of sports players. Memory loss is a very serious long term and in many cases, unforeseen, side effect of being injured.

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Sleep Interruptions Create Memory Problems

In a new study researchers discovered that sleep interuptions create memory problems.

The study, described in My Health News Daily, involved a group of healthy adults and a group with mild sleep apnea. (When people suffer from sleep apnea, they experience pauses in their breathing during sleep that can cause them to wake up many times during the night.)

Sleep Interruptions Create Memory Problems

Scientists divide the memory process into three main stages: encoding, consolidating and retrieving. The consolidation of memories includes stabilizing and storing them for the long term.

Study participants learned a motor task in the evening in which they typed the same sequence of five numbers over and over again. The researchers said the healthy and the sleep apnea groups learned the task equally well; both became more accurate and faster at typing the sequence over time.

After a night’s rest, and with no additional training, the healthy participants showed a 14 percent improvement in their task accuracy and speed. However, the sleep apnea patients showed almost no improvement, and some did worse than the day before.

You can read the rest of this interesting article here.

sleep interruptions cause memory problems

In this article, we learned that one of the reasons we experience memory problems is that new information sometimes doesn’t get a chance to be fully consolidated during sleep.

There’s nothing worse than getting up with that overwhelmingly drowsy feeling after an interrupted night’s sleep.  Now we know that a bad night’s sleep contributes to memory problems too. We may not be able to do much about it, but being aware of it helps us cope just a little bit better.

Have you noticed that sleep interruptions create memory problems? Share your experiences in the comments area below.





7 Tips to Improve Your Memory from the Mayo Clinic

Here are 7 tips to improve your memory from the Mayo Clinic.

If your life is hectic (and whose isn’t?), and like everyone else you forget things occasionally, you may want to take note of a few memory tips that can be useful in overcoming typical day-to-day forgetfulness.

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory from the Mayo Clinic

Here are the first 3 to get you started.

No. 1: Stay mentally active

Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and perhaps keep memory loss at bay. Do crossword puzzles. Read a section of the newspaper that you normally skip. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization.

No. 2: Socialize regularly

Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live alone. When you’re invited to share a meal or attend an event, go!

No. 3: Get organized

You’re more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner. You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement it in your memory. Keep to-do lists current, and check off items you’ve completed. Set aside a certain place for your wallet, keys and other essentials.

For the rest of the article, go here.

physical activity is one of 7 tips to improve memory from the Mayo Clinic

physical activity is one of 7 tips to improve memory from the Mayo Clinic

These are good tips for healthy living – not just to improve memory and keep your brain sharp but to keep all parts of your body in working order.

Choose one of the 7 tips to improve memory from the Mayo Clinic and work on that one for a few weeks. Then choose another one and work on that one. In the comment section, tell us which one you’ve chosen first and how you plan to put it into action.

Easy Technique for Remembering Names

Do you want an easy technique for remembering names?

It happens all the time — you feel embarrassed because the face looks familiar but you can’t remember the name. In a social situation, it is often awkward. In a business situation, it may mean the difference between getting and keeping the business – or not.

Ron White past USA Memory champion memorized 92 names in 15 minutes using a 4-step method that he shares in the following video.

Easy Technique for Remembering Names

Here again are the 4 steps to help you improve your memory and remember names:

  • Ask yourself, “What is your name?”
  • Pick out a facial feature.
  • Select a picture.
  • Place the picture on the facial feature.

Have you tried this easy technique for remembering names? Send us a comment and tell us how it worked for you.



Omega-3 Fats Help Improve Your Memory

You may have heard about and are wondering whether omega-3 fats help improve your memory. 

Researchers are gathering a lot of evidence suggesting that lack of Omega-3 fats may lead to deterioration of the brain – that includes memory and learning.

These essential fats can be found in food as well as in the form of supplements. There are both animal-based and plant-based sources of omega-3 fats.

Omega-3 Fats Help Improve Your Memory

Dr. Joseph Mercola, who runs a natural health center in Illinois and one of the top wellness websites on the internet, describes in a rather scientific article the differences between the two sources.

It’s important to recognize that animal-based omega-3 fat is not interchangeable with plant-based sources of omega-3. And while you do need both in your diet, animal-based omega-3 fats are particularly important for your brain health.

He cites research that suggests

…degenerative conditions can be not only prevented but also reversed. In one study, 485 elderly volunteers suffering from memory deficits saw significant improvement after taking 900 mg of DHA [an Omega-3 fat] per day for 24 weeks, compared with controls.

You can read the entire scientific article here.

omega-3 fats help improve your memory

omega-3 fats help improve your memory

In Dr. Mercola’s opinion, the best source of Omega-3 fats is from animals – specifically from krill oil. In addition to taking Omega-3 to improve memory, he also recommends eating plenty of vegetables and blueberries, exercising, and avoiding a variety of toxins.

Do you think Omega-3 fats help improve your memory? Please use the comment section.

Disclaimer: This site is for the purposes of information only. I am not qualified to diagnose problems or prescribe supplements or medications. You must talk to your medical practitioner.


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Ineffective Alzheimer’s Treatment

Unfortunately, it appears that Aricept 23 mg is an ineffective Alzheimer’s treatment. When it comes to memory improvement and Alzheimer’s treatment options, family members and caregivers often reach out to the newest hope — medication that will stop or even reverse the effects of this devastating disease. Whether or not they actually improve memory is hard to measure. However, some can have negative side effects.

ineffective Alzheimer's treatment may also have gastrointestinal side effects

ineffective Alzheimer's treatment may also have gastrointestinal side effects

Drs. Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz of Dartmouth Medical College are authors of a report that describes the negative side effects of  Aricept 23 mg.

Ineffective Alzheimer’s Treatment

The drug, Aricept 23 mg, is no more effective on the whole than the disappointing ones already on the market — but is more likely to cause gastrointestinal problems, wrote Drs. Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz of Dartmouth Medical College in an article published Thursday in the medical journal BMJ.

The article in the LA Times goes on to describe the study.

In a trial involving 1,400 patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s, the 23-milligram dose of Aricept resulted in a small but statistically significant improvement in an index of overall cognition. But on a second measure, of “global functioning” — changes in behavior that a caregiver or physician is likely to notice — it failed to yield the improvements that the FDA had set as a condition of approval.

At the same time, subjects taking the 23-milligram dose, when compared with those taking 10 milligrams, reported significantly more nausea and vomiting — described by the director of the FDA’s neurological drug division as “not trivial.” In patients with dementia, nausea and vomiting can lead to pneumonia and death.

Dr. Lon Schneider, a USC Alzheimer’s disease expert, said there had been widespread interest in whether a 23-milligram dose might help the minority of Alzheimer’s patients taking two 10-milligram pills daily. Physicians, he said, hoped that one higher-dose pill would not only improve patients’ dementia symptoms, but also release more slowly into the bloodstream, causing less stomach upset.

Dementia is a sad enough disease without making it physically worse for the sufferer and the caregivers. I’ve watched the decline of several family members, and my opinion was not to do anything that made the overall quality of life worse.

What has been your experience with family members and  ineffective Alzheimer’s treatment? Share your comments below.