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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
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Social Intelligence
Skills for Couples
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Learning Disabilities
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Head Injury
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Autism, Asperger's & PDD
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How to Protect your Memory
Memory declines with age. Nonetheless, you can slow the rate of decline by taking care of your health and practicing strategies to compensate for a weaker memory.
Inadequate sleep, hypertension, inadequate exercise, high blood-glucose levels, high levels of stress, head injuries and the risk factors for cardiovascular disease are all likely to affect your memory.
There are many compensatory strategies that will enable you to reduce problems with Senior Moments. Rehearse recalling names, facts or words you tend to forget. Even better, generate connections or associations for these often-forgetten memories to provide yourself with more than one route through your memory network so you can better find them. Build your memories into vast interconnected networks so that there is always more than one route to the forgetten memory. Carry a memory notebook. The act of writing it down is sometimes sufficient to boost recall, and, if not, you can always look it up. The act of actively protecting your memory with cognitive strategies may actually influence your brain and even slow the rate of biological decline. A key memory region, the hippocampus, actually grows bigger in response to extensive use. Use cognitive exercises to keep your brain fit.
Beware of dietary supplements claiming to improve memory. Here I have explained why the "science" behind one popular supplement sold on amazon is a hoax.