Effective memory tricks include making a memory notebook that contains a calendar, important phone numbers, medical information and any other information an individual needs to remember; saying important things to remember out loud; using a recording device to recall things; and making notes, according to WebMD. Minimizing distractions, mnemonic tricks and asking people to speak slower may also help with memory.
Sleep deprivation can cause memory problems, so it is important to get enough sleep at night, notes WebMD. Memory problems may also be the result of poor nutrition, so eating a healthy diet is key. Some medications may cause memory issues, so it may be a good idea to speak to a physician about changing medications if necessary.
It is important to exercise the mind, explains WebMD. Some ways to exercise the mind include playing a musical instrument, playing strategy games and watching trivia shows. Another way to improve memory is to try learning in different ways. Practicing auditory, visual or kinesthetic learning methods may improve memory.
Some supplements may improve memory, and research regarding them continues as of 2015, reports WebMD. Studies suggest that ginkgo biloba may help with memory. Other supplements that may potentially improve memory include vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, huperzine A and acetyl-L-carnitine.