Can’t remember where you left your car keys? Next time, try doing something weird, like kicking the table you set them on and you might have an easier time recalling where they are. A new study published in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition found that older adults who had a hard time remembering whether they took their daily medication had an easier time of it if they did something odd, such as patting their heads while swallowing the pill, or taking their medicine while sitting in an awkward position.
Despite assumptions that memory capabilities diminish as we age, it’s actually difficult for anyone to remember more than a few things at a time. Back in 1956, a psychologist named George Miller found that people have a hard time remembering more than seven things at once. Anyone who’s been introduced to 20 people at a party and doesn’t remember a single name will probably agree. Continue reading →