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Kathryn Kilpatrick is a speech-language pathologist, geriatric communication consultant and memory fitness coach. She is a national motivational speaker and the author of more the 35 products. Visit connectionsincommunication.com or memoryfitnessmatters.com.

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Brain Game (Go Ahead, It’s Not that Hard)

Fitness Health & Wellness January/February 2018

 

 

What do these words have in common?  

Example: Snow, popsicles, wax melt

 

  1. Cards, porch, ship a deck
  2. Checks, baseball, emails bounce
  3. Clothes, paper, towels fold
  4. Safes, codes, walnuts crack
  5. Toy, car, door knob rattle
  6. Butterfly, flavor, situation delicate
  7. Meeting, mind, book open and close
  8. Superman, time, squirrel fly
  9. Nose, paint, faucet drip
  10. Maine, Georgia, Oregon border an ocean

 

Challenge your brain with a variety of activities.  

Start with a four- or five- letter word and spell it forward then backward. For example, clock would be kcolc.
When that becomes easier for you, try doing longer words. Another idea is to pair the letters of the alphabet from A to Z  with a corresponding number.
Start with A1, B2, etc. If that is too easy, try it in reverse: A26, B25, etc.

 

This puzzle and memory tip is provided by Kathryn Kilpatrick, a speech-language pathologist. She is available for Memory Fitness and Keep Your Brain Sharp programs and private consultations. Visit memoryfitnessmatters.com for more brain game resources.

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Try a Mind Game

2017 Editions Fun Mind Matters November/December 2017

Mind Matters

Brain Games

Upgrade Your Memory Fitness Routine

WORD SEARCH

Make a word using one letter from each of the sets of letters. Do not change their order.

 

Examples                             Answers

W V       O K      N E               WON

H  Y       U  E      S C                 YES

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M B      L A     PI                           MAP

F S       O W    U R     S K                                                      FORK

K W     R A      L F      L I               WALL

B G      I N       R O    U L                                                      GIRL

E Z       R L       B I      K O    F W    ELBOW

A G     R W     S E     A I     T L                                             GREAT

P T      E A     R O    P Z     L  F     I  E                                   PEOPLE

A C      G A    O S    T M    R L     E Y    CASTLE

 

Memory Tip

If you want to remember something you read, look away and repeat it. Go over the information again. The key to remembering something you read or heard is repetition.

 

This puzzle and memory tip is provided by Kathryn Kilpatrick, a speech-language pathologist. She is available for Memory Fitness and Keep Your Brain Sharp programs and private consultations. Visit memoryfitnessmatters.com for more brain game resources.

 

 

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What are the 7 Keys to Your Memory Fitness?

What are the 7 Keys to Your Memory Fitness?

If your memory isn’t what it used to be, what have you done about it? Usually people complain about the same issues repeatedly when there are some practical strategies that can be put into place.

If you are interested in sharpening your mind and looking for some tips, you already are on target.

KEY 1: POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Saying you are having what’s commonly called a “senior” moment rather than doing something about it reveals a lot about how you are thinking. A more proactive approach is to become aware of those glitches, along with getting rid of the “negative tape” running in your head or the derogatory comments about your forgetfulness. Then start putting a plan together; the seven keys to memory fitness is a good starting place.

KEY 2: PAY ATTENTION

More often than not, part of your forgetfulness comes from not giving what you are doing or what someone is saying your full attention. You need to pay attention for 5 to 10 seconds to remember something, which means that distractions and doing two things at the same time are habits that need to be addressed.

KEY 3: LIFESTYLE CHOICES

If you improve some of your lifestyle choices, it may help your attitude, your focus and your overall health for successful aging. That means making better choices when it comes to your diet and also making sure you are staying adequately hydrated. Addressing those nagging sleep issues and getting enough exercise are just a few of the areas that also support brain health. It is equally as important to address hearing and vision changes because those losses can affect your ability to process and retain information.

KEY 4: MEMORY UPGRADE

While you may have some memory strategies, it may be time to upgrade them especially if they are not as effective as you would like.

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