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Dec 01, 2016

How to Memorize a Toast

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Does the idea of giving a toast make you nervous? Are you worried you might forget what to say?

Then memorize the toast in advance using memory techniques!

This last Thanksgiving I knew I'd have to make a toast before the meal. To make sure I had a great toast to give, and that I delivered it perfectly, I memorized it the day before.

You can do this, too. Public speaking is my least favorite thing, but I managed to give a flawless toast in front of the group.

Check out my latest article, How to Memorize a Toast for memorization tricks that can help you deliver an awesome toast at your next event.

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Nov 26, 2016

Math Mania - Free Online Mental Math Game

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Math Mania has been added as the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Quickly calculate sums mentally for maximum points. This is a great game for anyone who wants to increase their skill at mental math.

This game has just five levels, but each level is tougher than the previous. And every level is on a timer, so you have to be quick.

Math games like Math Mania train important brain skills including logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and arithmetic.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Nov 17, 2016

Play Working Memory Card Games to Boost Reading, Math Skills

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Have trouble with math or reading comprehension? Can't seem to finish the projects you start? Try playing working memory card games.

I've just added a page that explains how to play three solitaire card games that strengthen your working memory. These are offline games, so you don't need a computer to play them.

Just keep a deck of regular playing cards or Blink cards handy. To strengthen your working memory, play games like "Number, Color, Suit" and "Plus One, Minus One" a few minutes each day.

I learned of these games through the work of a cognitive training expert. You might benefit from playing them, especially if you (or your kids) struggle with tasks that rely heavily on working memory, such as reading, math, and project planning.

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Nov 05, 2016

How I Memorized Darth Vader Quotes for Halloween

darth vader
I doubled my enjoyment of Halloween this year by not only dressing up in costume, but memorizing the famous lines of my costumed character, Darth Vader. It was a blast!

Take trick-or-treating or Halloween parties to the next level by memorizing your character's lines. As I explain in my latest article, memory techniques make this easy to do.

Don't just look the part. Blow everyone away by quoting your characters actual lines. How much fun, and how unexpected, to say, "You have failed me for the last time, Admiral" rather than just looking the part.

To learn how you can memorize quotes for Halloween (or any occasion), check out my latest article by clicking the link below.

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Oct 29, 2016

Picross Nonograms - Free Online Brain Game

Picross Nonograms
Picross Nonograms has been added as the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This free game includes an amazing 100 free nonograms you can solve in your browser.

Nonograms are puzzles that contain a hidden image. You reveal the image using numbers on the side of the puzzle as clues.

If you've never tried solving a nonogram, this is your chance. There is a range of difficulty you can choose in this game, from Easy to Expert. The easy ones don't take long at all.

And if you're a nonogram expert, go straight for the hard ones!

Math games like Picross Nonograms train important brain skills including logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and arithmetic.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Oct 13, 2016

All Or None Cards - Free Online Brain Game

All Or None Card Game
The All Or None card game is a challenging brain game. Play free now on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com!

Each card on the board shows a different shape. Match 3-of-a-kind cards by their properties including color, shape, fill, and number.

For each property, all three cards you select need to either match that property OR not match each other with that property.

It sounds easy, but it's not. This game is really difficult.

But don't give up too easily. Play it often to give your brain a boost.

Card games like All Or None train important brain skills including concentration, logical reasoning, and visual perception.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Sep 29, 2016

Lightning Bugs Connect - Free Online Brain Game

Lightning Bugs Connect
The very fun Lightning Bugs Connect is the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Clear the screen of lightning bugs by forming groups of colored bugs. Advance through levels and get a high score!

There's strategy in this game, because you need to plan your moves to avoid too many lone bugs at the end.

Puzzle games like Lightning Bugs Connect train important brain skills including problem solving, thinking speed, and mental flexibility.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Sep 03, 2016

Crazy Quilt Solitaire - Free Online Brain Game

Crazy Quilt Solitaire
Crazy Quilt Solitaire is the latest free online brain game added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

In this solitaire game, the cards are laid out in a cross-hatched quilt pattern. It's different, for sure.

Because the cards are interlocked, you'll need to start around the edges. Move all the cards to the 8 foundation piles if you can.

Card solitaire games like Crazy Quilt Solitaire train important brain skills including memory, visual perception, and logical reasoning.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 17, 2016

Flowers Mahjong - Free Online Brain Game

Flowers Mahjong
Mahjong lovers, I've got another one for you. It's Flowers Mahjong, the latest free online brain game I've added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Flowers Mahjong is a mahjong tile game. But it works a bit differently than the typical mahjong game.

In this game, a tile is playable only if two adjacent sides are free. That's in contrast to regular mahjong, where a tile is free if the left side or right side is unobstructed.

So this is a nice change from the usual. I find this game relaxing and challenging at the same time. I hope you like it.

Mahjong games like Flowers Mahjong train important brain skills including attention, short-term memory, and mental flexibility.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Aug 13, 2016

Solutions Added for Printable Bible Word Searches

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By popular demand, I've added solution pages for the free printable Bible word searches.

Many people enjoy the challenge of solving word search puzzles. On my site you'll find free printable word searches in a number of categories, including Bible word searches.

Previously, though, I didn't have answer pages for the Bible word searches, which a few people found inconvenient.

This was especially true for those who publish my word searches in magazines, newsletters, or church bulletins (a free practice, which I allow). Publications are often expected to provide the answers in the next issue.

Well, this should now be less of a problem. To view the list of answer pages, simply scroll down the Bible word searches page to the new "Solutions" section. The solutions can be printed out free just like the word searches themselves.

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Jul 24, 2016

Concentration Exercise #4: Clock Concentration

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Here's an exercise for strengthening concentration that anyone can do. It's called Clock Concentration.

On my latest page here on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com, I've posted a moving clock. Watch the second hand of this clock move around the clock face for five minutes for a concentration boost!

Watching a clock is boring, but that's the genius of it. It really requires a lot of mental focus.

For more about this exercise and to see the clock, click the link below to check out my new article.

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Jul 17, 2016

Spongebob Jump! - Free Online Brain Game

Spongebob Jump
Spongebob Jump! is the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. It may be based on a cartoon character, but wow does it test your concentration and reaction time.

Guide Spongebob through a vertical obstacle course. Earn gold coins. Buy upgrades like bigger springs and rockets.

This game is a lot like Doodle Jump and is quite fun. There's even a two-player mode.

Concentration games like Spongebob Jump! train important brain skills including visual perception, reaction time, and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jul 13, 2016

Build Concentration Through Better Listening

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Want to improve your power of concentration? Then practice listening carefully during every conversation.

Listening is an art and a skill. It's easy to push your own thoughts on others. It's hard to listen and understand their point of view.

Practicing the skill of listening trains your brain to concentrate more deeply, especially during social interactions. Click the link below for advice on how to listen more effectively!

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Jul 11, 2016

A Memory Trick to Remember Languages

Want to learn a foreign language with less pain and effort? Use mental images when memorizing the foreign vocabulary.

Here's a quick example to show you how this works. Suppose you're learning Spanish, and you want to memorize "el arroz", the Spanish word for rice.

To use this trick, first think about the sound of the foreign word. Does it remind you of anything in English?

Most people studying Spanish would agree that "arroz" sounds like "a rose". To memorize that arroz is rice, all you need to do next is think of a crazy mental image that links the two concepts, rice and rose.

Here's an infographic that illustrates this link:

rice

As you can see, I've created a silly image that connects a rose to a bowl of rice. Visualize this as clearly as you can.

(You only need to do this mentally. You don't need to draw it out like I've done.)

Rehearse the image. Then to recall the word for rice, think "rice" and the silly image should pop into your mind.

In your mind's eye, you'll see the rose, which should remind you of arroz, in the middle of the bowl of rice. Thus arroz is rice!

See how fun and easy the mental images technique can be? Here are some more examples. Next time you want to memorize a foreign word, give this method a try.

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Jul 05, 2016

100 Free Printable Sudoku Puzzles

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I've added 100 free printable sudoku puzzles to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. To challenge your brain, print out and solve a few!

Sudoku is one of the most popular number puzzles out there. The rules are simple, but solving the puzzle can be really tough.

All you need to do is enter the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once in each row, column, and 3x3 box in the grid. Sounds easy, right?

Well, I've made 100 of these puzzles available for you to print out absolutely free on my website. They are sorted by difficulty, ranging from Easy to Very Hard.

As an exercise for your brain, print some out and give them a try.

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Jul 01, 2016

Soccer Heads Card Game - Play Online Free

soccer cards
Do you love soccer? Well, you may really enjoy Soccer Heads Card Game, the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Play against a computer opponent to build the strongest squad of soccer players. In this card game, each card has a face picture of a professional soccer player.

Use strategy and luck to win the card game. You can even participate in the in-game tournament.

Card games like Soccer Heads train important brain skills including strategic thinking and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 23, 2016

3 Powerful Supplement Stacks to Improve Your Focus, Mood & Sleep

Want to improve your focus, mood, or sleep? Try stacking these all-natural compounds.

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Jun 22, 2016

Linking Puzzles - Free Online Brain Game

Introducing Linking Puzzles, the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Draw lines to connect the numbered circles. Go from circle to circle in numerical order, but you can't cross your own lines or any of the obstacles on the screen.

This colorful game includes 24 levels of number linking challenges. Enjoy!

Puzzle games like this one train important brain skills including spatial orientation and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 20, 2016

Algerian Patience Solitaire - Free Online Brain Game

algerian patience
I've added Algerian Patience Solitaire to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. If you enjoy card solitaire games, you'll like this game.

Algerian Patience is another solitaire game that's quite different from the normal patience card game. For instance, in this game there are 8 foundation piles instead of the usual 4 piles.

Not to mention 6 draw piles!

Solitaire card games like Algerian Patience solitaire train important brain skills including visual perception and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Jun 07, 2016

Golf Solitaire - Free Online Brain Game

golf solitaire
I've added Golf Solitaire to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. If you enjoy card solitaire games, you'll like this game.

Golf Solitaire is different from typical solitaire. In this game, all tableau cards are face up.

Rather than completing foundation piles, your goal is to transfer all cards from the tableau to the draw pile.

To do this, you can only select unblocked cards that are one point higher or lower than the up-card currently shown on the draw pile. It's a challenge!

Solitaire card games like Golf Solitaire train important brain skills including visual perception and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 29, 2016

Worder Puzzle - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added the Worder Puzzle game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

This is a letter-finding game similar to Bookworm. Click letters in the grid to spell the indicated word.

But be fast about it, because the timer is ticking! Use power-ups to help you through the levels, and shoot for a high score.

Word games like the Worder Puzzle train important brain skills including memory, visual perception, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 22, 2016

Memory-Improvement-Tips.com Website Redesigned

Memory Improvement Tips
This website is about to look very different from what you're used to seeing. I'm redesigning the layout, to make it simpler, faster-loading, and easier to use.

But don't worry! All the same great content is still here.

It'll now be 2-columns instead of 3-columns, and a great deal of clutter (such as all the links on the left side) are being removed.

All the free brain games are still on the website. All the memory tips articles are still here as well.

I plan to continue making adjustments in days to come to continue improving ease of use. So watch for more!

A website design change can be confusing. But once you get used to the new layout and faster pageload speeds, you'll hopefully agree this is a welcome enhancement.

The bottom line? The website should load faster and be easier to navigate. And those are very good things.

May 18, 2016

Grammar Bee - Free Online Brain Game

grammar bee
Grammar Bee is the latest free brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. Test your knowledge of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more with a fun Pacman-style game.

Except instead of Pacman, you're a bee; rather than dots, you're capturing words; and instead of ghosts, large beetles are chasing you!

Grammar Bee includes 12 free levels of challenging grammar fun. Why not check it out and give your brain a quick workout?

Word games like Grammar Bee train important brain skills including memory, visual perception, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 09, 2016

Mini Train - Free Online Brain Game

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If you're a fan of trains and/or visual puzzles, you're bound to like the Mini Train game I've added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Mini Train is a shapes puzzle with a train theme. Use the available polygon shapes to repair the train tracks and send the cute train through the tunnel.

There are 24 levels of free shape puzzles in this fun brain game.

Shape games like Mini Train engage important brain skills including visual perception and spatial orientation.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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May 02, 2016

Natural Treatment for Parkinson's Symptoms

Got Parkinsons, or know someone who does? Then you need to check out William Curtis' natural treatment for Parkinson's symptoms.

William has suffered with Parkinson's for more than a dozen years. But he's come across a remarkable coffee concoction that calms his tremors better than his prescription meds.

Don't believe it? Check out the video of him playing guitar, before drinking his special coffee, then after.

It's hard to believe this coffee drink isn't being "prescribed" for everyone with Parkinson's. But the word hasn't gotten out.

Click the link below to read more about William's amazing Parkinson's drink (which is pretty easy to make - I did) on my new page about this topic.

And please tell anyone you know who has Parkinson's about this!

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Apr 29, 2016

Grandpa's Dementia Inspires Memory Improvement Book

Matthew Welp's grandfather was afflicted by dementia. It was traumatic, both for his grandpa and for the entire family.

His grandfather's experience with dementia inspired Matthew to start searching for solutions about memory. Was there a way others like his grandpa could strengthen their memory? Could they improve their quality of life even while living under the diagnosis of this dreaded disease?

Matthew, a pharmacist by profession, eventually had the brainstorm of testing his memory, often, using a series of questions about everyday events. He reasoned that self-testing one's episodic memory could strengthen the bonds of existing memories and enhance recall.

Ultimately Matthew wrote a book on this new approach to boosting memory power. If you're worried about dementia or other forms of memory loss as you get older, you should check out Matthew's book and try his technique!

Most forms of dementia are not curable. So we all need to do what we can to strengthen our memory power to the degree it is possible. Click the link below to visit my new page on this topic and learn more.

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Apr 21, 2016

Memory Problems: Undiagnosed Hydrocephalus

This is a true story. For the first 60 years of her life, Jeanne DeBold knew something was seriously wrong with her.

She would constantly lose her balance and fall down for no reason. And no doctor could tell her what was wrong.

She was miserable, and because of this condition she kept getting injured from the falls.

Then, a miracle. A visit to a neurosurgeon uncovered the reason for her balance problems: Water on the brain!

It had been there all along, yet no one had diagnosed it. Now Jeanne's life is turned upside down, in a good way. It's like being reborn.

If only someone had diagnosed her earlier in life. But she's not angry. She just wants anyone else out there with this problem to find treatment and relief from their symptoms.

Read more about her story, and learn how hydrocephalus can mimic other conditions including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

We need to spread the word to help prevent this nightmare scenario from happening to others. Click the link below to visit my new page on this topic and learn more.

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Apr 12, 2016

25% OFF Coupon - NeuroNation Premium Brain Training

I'm excited to announce a partnership between myself and NeuroNation, a top-rated online brain training company with 7,000,000 members worldwide.

As part of this relationship, I'm able to offer 25% Off NeuroNation Premium subscriptions. Their online brain games are a great way to keep your brain active, so you might want to check it out.

All subscriptions include access to over 50 online scientific brain games, progress tracking, comparison with other users in your age group, strength & weakness analysis, and more.

Click the link below to learn more about NeuroNation and how you can claim the 25% Off discount coupon.

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Apr 01, 2016

Klondike Solitaire - Free Online Brain Game

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Fans of card games may enjoy Klondike Solitaire, the latest free brain game added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

A classic card game supposedly invented in the Klondike area during the Canadian gold rush, this game is still quite popular today.

Card solitaire games like Klondike engage important brain skills including visual perception, memory, and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Mar 24, 2016

Arkanoid Block-Breaker - Free Online Brain Game

arkanoid
If you like block-breaker games, you'll enjoy Arkanoid, the latest brain game added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Arkanoid is an improved version of Atari Breakout. Use your paddle to bounce a ball into a wall of bricks.

Clear all bricks to move to the next level. Use free Power-Ups for an extra boost.

Block-breaker games like Arkanoid train important brain skills including visual perception, reaction time, and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Mar 21, 2016

Side-Sleeping Protects the Brain Against Dementia

It turns out sleep position strongly influences brain health. Compared to sleeping on your stomach or back, sleeping on your side helps the brain clean itself of toxins.

When we sleep, a special system in the brain washes away harmful substances in the cerebral spinal fluid. According to research, this system functions much better if we're sleeping on our side.

There are other health benefits to side-sleeping, too. In fact, one side may be better to sleep on than the other.

Click the link below to visit my new page on this topic and learn more.

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Mar 12, 2016

Supaplex Remake - An Amazing Free Online Maze Game

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Maze lovers, rejoice! I've added a remake of the iconic Supaplex maze game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Supaplex was originally an Amiga puzzle game released in 1991. It's old but incredible. There are over 100 maze levels in this game for you to solve.

In this game you play the character Murphy (sort of like Pacman) whose job is to remove the bugs from a computer. But there are lots of dangers to avoid and puzzles to figure out during your journey through the mazes.

Maze games like Supaplex train important brain skills including logical reasoning, visual perception, and concentration.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

Click the link below to visit the new game page, and give this game a try.

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Mar 06, 2016

Healthy Body Weight - A Key to Better Memory

You might find this surprising, but being overweight or obese is associated with memory loss, learning problems, and even dementia.

If you possibly can, achieve a healthy body weight and stay there. In my latest article, I explain the cognitive risks of being overweight and how bad it actually is for your brain and memory.

In the article I've also included an online tool for measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI) in case you don't know it already. The BMI is a good screening tool for estimating how far outside the normal weight range you might be.

There are many pieces to the brain health puzzle. Maintaining a healthy body weight during your lifetime is a big piece you shouldn't neglect if you want maximize your chances of having a strong memory while avoiding dementia.

Click the link below to visit my new page on this topic and learn more.

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Mar 03, 2016

Memory-Improvement-Tips.com Now Loads 2X Faster

Good news for all visitors! I have optimized the behind-the-scenes code of Memory-Improvement-Tips.com to improve site speed. The website should now load much faster in your browser.

Depending on your internet connection, Memory-Improvement-Tips.com may now load up to twice as fast compared to previously.

All the articles, free online brain games, and other memory-improvement resources are still on the website. The pages display more quickly now, saving you time.

Have comments or observations about the new pageload speed? Send a message to me through my Contact Me page.

I'm always looking for ways to improve your experience on my website. Faster-loading pages is another step in that direction.

Feb 26, 2016

Late-Night Eating Hurts Learning & Memory

That midnight snack is a really bad idea. New research shows that late-night eating disrupts the formation of new memories in the brain.

It's already well-known that late dinners and midnight snacks are not good for your health. They increase the risk of weight gain and acid reflux disease, not to mention restless sleep.

Now we can add worse memory and learning to the list. Researchers have discovered that late-eating directly interferes with the hippocampus and its ability to form new long-term memories.

For more information, click the link below to visit my latest article on this topic. And resist the urge for that late-night bowl of ice cream!

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Feb 21, 2016

Papa's Burger Shop - Free Online Brain Game

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Here's yet another free online time-management brain game: Papa's Burgeria. This is a burger shop game, where you prepare hamburgers per customer order.

If you do a good job, you'll earn lots of tips. Use this money to upgrade your burger shop with cool features like a jukebox, newspaper stand, or arcade game.

This may just be a game, but it really does require you to pay attention to detail. If you don't focus carefully, your customers won't be pleased with their burgers. (And you won't get any tips!)

Time management games like Papa's Burgeria train brain skills like attention, perception, and task switching.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Feb 17, 2016

Memory Loss for no apparent reason

I am now 57, and in my 4th marriage. I have three grown children and one aged 5, still at home. A late adoption while living overseas.My first marriage

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Feb 13, 2016

Bubble Frog - Free Online Bubble Shooter Game

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Bubble Frog is the latest free online brain game on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. If you like bubble shooters, this one is right up your alley.

Create groups of three-of-a-kind bubbles by color. To progress through levels and earn a high score, eliminate bubbles faster than they fall.

NOTE: I've also reorganized the bubble games section of the game drop-down menu on my site. In the Concentration games drop-down menu, you'll now see a Bubble Games subsection where all bubble-related games are now located.

Concentration games like this one train important brain skills like attention and visual perception.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Feb 09, 2016

Collapse Insanity - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added a fun "collapse" puzzle game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. It's called Collapse Insanity.

And no, that's not the effect it'll have on you to play it. Smilie

Actually, playing online puzzle games like Collapse Insanity can keep your brain sharp. In this game, earn points by removing groups of touching colored blocks.

Puzzle games like this one train important brain skills like visual perception and logical thinking.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Feb 06, 2016

Valentine Solitaire (9-in-1) - Free Online Brain Game

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In honor of the fast-approaching Valentine's Day holiday, I've added a Valentine Solitaire (9-in-1) brain game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Indeed, the phrase "valentine solitaire" may seem a contradiction in terms. But we'll just say you'll only play it at times you can't be with your loved one. :)

This game has hearts and other Valentine-related images all throughout. Best yet, it's actually 9 solitaire games in one.

In this one game, you can play Klondike, Spider Solitaire, Freecell, Scorpion Solitaire, and more!

Card games like this one train brain skills like logical thinking, memory, and visual perception.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Feb 04, 2016

Common Anticholinergic Drugs Like Benadryl May Cause Memory Loss, Even Dementia

If you often take Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, or other allergy medications, beware! Anticholinergic drugs such as these may cause memory loss, even full-blown dementia, especially in older individuals.

It's not just allergy medicine, either. Anticholinergics span a variety of drugs, including well-known brands used to treat muscle pain, motion sickness, sleeplessness, depression, cardiovascular disease, bladder disease, and more.

If you (or a loved one) are on a long-term regimen of medications, it would be smart to investigate whether any of the drugs being taken are anticholinergics.

Then, if your anticholinergic cognitive burden (ACB) is too high, see if your physician can substitute other effective medications or adjust the dosages.

Experiencing some memory loss as we get older is normal. But it makes no sense to artificially trigger mental deterioration by over-using medications known to have side effects linked to memory loss and dementia.

Read more about this important topic by clicking the link below.

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Jan 28, 2016

3D Haunted Maze Escape - Free Brain Game

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If you like mazes or room escape games, you'll like the new 3D Haunted Maze Escape game I've added to Memory-Improvement-tips.com.

Find your way out of the 3D dungeon. But watch out for the monsters - they're trying to get you!

I've added this game as a replacement for Falstad's 3D Mazes. That game was built as a java applet, a format no longer well-supported on the web. The new game is in flash format.

Maze games like this one train brain skills like spatial orientation, concentration, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Jan 23, 2016

Flop Shot Minigolf - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added Flop Shot Minigolf, a concentration-building brain game, to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com

Play nine holes of mini-golf (sometimes called putt-putt) free online. This game keeps score, so aim carefully and choose the power of your stroke wisely.

It's tempting in Flop Shot Minigolf to whack away at the ball. But if you really want a low, good score, take your time to plan ahead.

Concentration games like online minigolf train brain skills like attention, logic, and visual perception. Play a variety of brain games often to keep your brain sharp.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Jan 17, 2016

Gem Cave Adventure - Free Online Brain Game

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Want to have fun and keep your brain sharp? Try the new free Gem Cave Adventure game I've added to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com.

Explore caves and gather gems. Use the treasure you find to help rebuild your town.

Avoid the obstacles and monsters in the caves, though!

As you rebuild your village, plant trees, build houses, even castles. You can even unlock new outfits for your character.

This game includes 23 quests to complete. All while sharpening important brains skills like visual perception, logical thinking, and reaction time.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing.

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Jan 10, 2016

Click-to-Play: A Safer Way to Play Flash Games

In response to a question from a visitor, I've written my recommendations on how to play online flash games in the safest way possible. Most of the free brain games on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com are written in Adobe Flash.

Given that Flash does have vulnerabilities, it makes sense to set up your browser in a way that limits your exposure to malware. That's really true about any technology on the internet these days.

To keep things in perspective, note that I've played the hundreds of free brain games on Memory-Improvement-Tips.com thousands of times and never had a problem. I've tested them extensively, and they all appear to be clean.

That's not true of every site on the web, however, whether game related or not.

If you want to go the extra mile and build another layer of security into your web browsing (without having to uninstall Flash completely), check out my advice on using Chrome's click-to-play mode.

Click-to-play allows you to activate the Flash plug-in on a game-by-game basis, keeping Flash otherwise disabled while you surf the web. Firefox and other browsers have this feature, but Chrome does it best, in my opinion.

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Jan 05, 2016

Can't Sleep? Blue Light from Electronics May Be Keeping You Awake

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If you have trouble falling asleep at night, your smart phone, tablet, or computer screen could be the culprit.

Studies show that blue wavelengths of light interfere with the sleep cycle. By checking email or watching TV before bed, you may be hindering your brain's ability to wind down and relax.

Thankfully, the solution isn't to power down all devices at sunset. Instead, go on the offensive and block the blue light!

Click the link below to check out my new article on this topic. I explain how blue light keeps you awake and provide several ways you can filter out blue light after dark.

With these methods, you can use your electronic devices before bed and still get a good night's sleep.

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Jan 01, 2016

New Year's Mahjong - Free Online Brain Game

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It's New Year's Day, so I've added a free New Year's Mahjong game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. Stay in the New Year's celebratory spirit while giving your brain a boost!

Mahjong tile games are solitaire games that train important brain skills including attention and visual perception.

Find matching pairs of tiles to clear the mahjong board. This can be tricky, though, because you can only pair unblocked tiles.

This free New Year's-themed game includes several features you might find helpful. It has an automatic count-up timer and pause button. The game also includes a Hint button (with unlimited uses) in case you get stuck.

But perhaps best of all, this version comes with 11 different layouts. For example, choose from stacks shaped like a top hat, martini glass, or New York City.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing!

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Dec 25, 2015

Christmas Mahjong - Play Free Online

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It's Christmas Day, so I've added a free Christmas Mahjong game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. Keep in the Christmas spirit while giving your brain a boost!

Mahjong tile games are solitaire games that train important brain skills including attention and visual perception.

Find matching pairs of tiles to clear the mahjong board. This can be tricky, though, because you can only pair unblocked tiles.

This free Christmas game has several features you might find helpful. It keeps track of your score, shows your best score for that session, and even has an Undo button if you want to redo your move.

The game also includes Hint and Shuffle buttons in case you get stuck.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing!

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Dec 13, 2015

Crescent Solitaire - Free Online Brain Game

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I've added another free solitaire card game to Memory-Improvement-Tips.com. Crescent Solitaire is different from most other solitaire games you've played, though.

This game has 16 draw piles and 8 foundation piles!

The game includes a scoring system, too. That way, even if you don't manage to complete all the foundation piles, at least you can aim for as many points as possible.

The game also includes Hint and Shuffle buttons in case you get stuck.

Like all the brain games on my site, this online game is free to play anytime. No logging in, no registering. Just go to the game page and start playing!

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