January 19 is Good Memory Day. The human memory is one of the most amazing, yet fragile aspects of life. Today is a day to cherish good moments from our past and present as well as making new ones. From the moment we are born, our brain takes in and process all kinds of information. Unlike a computer, that stores memory securely for eternity, the human memory does not have that luxury. Many factors play into memories being preserved and for how long. There are also many studies on how brain functionality can change over time.
An organization near and dear to us is The Alzheimer’s Association. This organization leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. This is done by accelerating research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support (https://www.alz.org/about). They are one of the premier groups that fundraise, spread awareness, as well as advocate for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
Another leading concern for brain injury and memory loss that has garnered headlines recently is Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE, which is a brain condition thought to be linked to the repeated head injuries, like concussions. CTE has made the news being linked to the National Football League (NFL). A large number of former NFL players have been diagnosed with CTE. With the violent collisions and helmet to helmet hits in football, brain injuries are a major problem. Furthermore, retired and even active players are coming forth with struggles they are facing do to CTE. There are ongoing studies of former players and their brains after a career in football with the repeated blows to the head.
These are only two potential problems that affect the memory. Researchers and doctors are striving to find ways to help prevent, lessen and hopefully cure these problems. Today is a day to look into what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. As stated previously, the brain is a very complex and fragile part of the body. We only have one. Please take some time in honor of good memory day, to reflect on those positive memories you have and informing yourself on how to protect those memories.
How to Celebrate!
- Scroll through old photo albums and
- Take time to reflect and share positive memories.
- Play games geared brain stimulation
- Taking time to research ways to keep the brain active
- Fundraise/donate to causes related to causes that work with brain memory and functionality
- Sign up for a walk or fundraising activity to shed light on these causes.