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I think the key to improving memory, at least, is learning new things, therefore creating new pathways in the circuitry of your brain. If all you do are crossword puzzles daily to help keep your mind sharp, you get good only at crossword puzzle patterns. Crossword puzzles by myself are frustrating but I have a friend who thinks differently than I and when we've done crosswords together, they become fun and I found I have learned a different way to think. Trying new things can create these new synapses in your brain. I think you must do different things every day. It could be as easy as organizing a drawer one day, taking a walk somewhere new, taking a class, joining a group of some kind, to stimulate your brain. I read an article in the last year or two in Scientific American Mind that made sense to me, otherwise I can't cite anything to back this up. As the button below says, "Add Your Opinion." This is mine.
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