10 Brain Exercises To Improve Memory

Test your recall

Make a list — grocery items, things to do, or anything else that comes to mind — and memorize it. An hour or so later, see how many items you can recall.

Let the music play

Learn to play a musical instrument or join a choir. Learning new and complex skills is good for the aging brain

Do math in your head

Figure out problems without the aid of a pencil, paper, or computer.

Take a cooking class

Learn how to cook a new cuisine. Cooking uses a number of senses — smell, touch, sight, and taste — that involve different parts of the brain.

Learn a foreign language

The listening and hearing involved in learning a new language stimulates the brain.

Create word pictures

Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, and then try to think of other words that begin (or end) with the same two letters.

Draw a map from memory

After returning home from visiting a new place, try to draw a map of the area. Repeat this exercise each time you go somewhere new.

Challenge your taste buds

When eating, try to identify individual ingredients in your meal, including subtle herbs and spices.

Refine your hand-eye coordination

Take up a new hobby that involves fine motor skills, and can help you keep your hand-eye coordination sharp.

Learn a new sport

Start doing an athletic exercise. A review published in Frontiers in Psychology in December 2019 noted that boosting your balance, strength.