Glennis Hooper: It is possible to improve brainpower

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I read a very interesting article this week about how we can change the shape of our brain; that by following certain rules we can actually grow some areas, such as the ‘hippocampus’ (Isn’t this a wonderful word?)

Apparently the hippocampus is a part of the brain that has a huge effect on our memory and our brainpower.

Whenever new things are learned, memorised and rehearsed more connections are created and strengthened.

This process helps to boost our ability to register and retrieve information.

Therefore, we should attempt to learn new things each and every day.

Whether it is the extreme heat or simply the ageing process I don’t know, but my brain could do with a growth spurt and a bit of help to restore what must be damaged brain cells and grey matter.

My brain is certainly kept very busy and I’m sure there is not a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new, like reading the aforementioned article...

So why is it that I can never seem to find my glasses even though I have so many pairs?

Why is it I can never locate my keys, even though I am positive they should be where I thought I’d left them?

When I am stopped in the street by someone and they strike up a friendly conversation, why is it I can seldom remember their name?

I’m sure we can all relate to having senior moments like this, and many more, and we may laugh but in reality it is not funny.

Our memories are very precious and just as we should look after our bodies, so too should we pay attention to looking after our brains by regularly exercising it.

I shall start by making a list of what I, theoretically, should be doing.

Now... where did I put my pen?