If you have read the preceding four healthy memory blog posts, you should be well aware of how wondrous the brain is and how even more wonderful are the memories we have due to our access to this wondrous organ. Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express thankfulness for our memories.
The best way of expressing this thankfulness is by adopting a growth mindset and to maintain this mindset throughout our lives. To maintain a healthy memory it is important not only to use our memories, but also to grow our memories. Remember those individuals who despite having brains wracked with the defining neurofibril tangles and amyloid plaques of Alzheimer’s never exhibited any of the behavioral or cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Presumably these individuals have built a cognitive reserve as a result of growing their memories.
Mindfulness and meditation also are important for a healthy memory. They reduce stress and increase our control of our attentional resources. They also provide the basis for more effective interpersonal relations, which are also important for memory health.
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