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What is Memory

Memory is defined as: the mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience; The act or an instance of remembering; recollection.

Our 5 Senses (vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell) help us to receive and record information. The recorded information is sorted in our brains. The recorded information becomes our "memory".

Types of Memory

  1. Short Term Memory is remembering something that you recently saw or heard. An example of short term memory is remembering the color of the car that just passed by you. Short term memory is very brief. It only lasts about 5 seconds. In order to remember the same information at a later time, your brain transfers this information from your Short Term Memory to Long Term Memory. Short Term Memory can be transferred to Long Term Memory by repeating the information, or visualizing it.
  2. Long Term Memory contains information that you have recorded in your brain in the past. An example of Long Term Memory is the gift you received for a birthday 5 years ago. Long term memory has no limit on capacity and can store vast amounts of information.

Although long term memory always remains intact, sometimes it may take longer to recall information.

Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to remember information. Difficulty results from growing older and health conditions.

Memory and Aging

As you get older, you may not be able to remember things as well as you did in your younger years. This is a natural part of again.

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