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Are you getting more forgetful? Take this quiz to see how much you know about memory and how to protect it.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Around what age do most people begin noticing they are more forgetful than usual?

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The correct answer is: Around age 50, changes in the brain may make people feel as if they're more forgetful. During those years, we begin losing receptors on brain cells, and our neurotransmitter numbers begin declining, which makes recall more difficult.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What part of the brain is the most important part responsible for memory?

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The correct answer is: The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for memory.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these health conditions can be responsible for a person's memory problems and mental decline?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Cardiovascular disease, depression and diabetes can cause age-related mental decline, which may increase the amount of forgetfulness you experience. Other conditions that affect your mental capabilities include poor vision or hearing, alcohol abuse and medication use.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: You cannot regrow brain cells once they have died.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Until recently, scientists believed that once neurons stopped working, they could not be revived. However, research now shows that adults can grow new neurons, and portions of the hippocampus that were previously dormant or dead can function once again. It's believed that through mental exercises and other lifestyle adjustments, people can regain mental function and improve memory.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Silent strokes can cause memory loss.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As we age, the hippocampus shrinks. As it shrinks, we may experience memory loss. However, recent research shows that people may experience memory loss even when the hippocampus doesn't shrink. This is due to silent strokes. One study found that one in four adults with memory loss experiences these symptomless strokes. Maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular blood pressure checks, exercising and working with your doctor to reduce your risk of a stroke can prevent a silent stroke.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress makes memory recall much easier.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When you're stressed, your brain can't form new memories or recall old ones as efficiently as when you're relaxed and focused. That's because stress releases high levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol acts like a depressant on your brain's abilities, slowing function, killing brain cells and causing atrophy in portions of the hippocampus.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these techniques may help you remember names more easily?

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The correct answer is: When you're first introduced to a person, assign them a visual title. For example, if Karen is wearing an orange shirt, think of her as "Carrot-top Karen." You'll have a better chance of remembering a person's name if you associate him or her with an image or visual cue.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these techniques can help you calm down if you're feeling stressed?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Try deep breathing, counting to 10 and mentally retracing your steps until you've relaxed or thought of what you had forgotten. The more relaxed you are, the better your memory recall.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: To keep your brain from being cluttered with too many memories, you should avoid interacting with a large amount of people.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Interacting with people is never a bad thing for your memory. In fact, experts often suggest people with memory problems volunteer or take on a new hobby that requires interaction with others. Being socially involved can ease stress, help your brain form new neural pathways and increase memory recall.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities will challenge your mind and help prevent memory loss?

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The correct answer is: Crossword puzzles are one of the activities that can help keep your brain sharp and active. Other activities include reading, playing chess or taking hobby and other kinds of classes. These kinds of activities rebuild and strengthen the neural pathways that enable your brain's neurons to communicate more efficiently and make memory recall much easier.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities will help you recall information more easily?

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The correct answer is: People who squiggle, scribble and doodle while listening will have better memory recall later. Studies show that doodling keeps people more alert so they're able to recall more information than people who don't doodle while listening.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exercise improves your brain's ability to recall memories.

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The correct answer is: This is true. During exercise, the brain increases the production of neurotransmitters. Exercise helps keep these pathways clear and moving smoothly, which makes creating and recalling memories less difficult.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these fruits boosts short-term memory?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Thanks to their polyphenols, blackberries, strawberries and gogi berries may improve short-term memory. Blackberries may also boost motor skills like balance and coordination, which can further help prevent memory decline.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sex can improve memory.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sexual activity releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control memories. Dopamine levels naturally decrease with age, but you can give them a boost with sex.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these memory tools can help you remember something more easily?

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The correct answer is: All of the above memory tools can help you improve your memory and recall. Write down the things you need to remember--a list can be very useful when you've got a lot on your mind. Create rhyming words to help you remember tasks, or use the first letter of each item and create an acronym that will help you keep track of what you're afraid you may forget.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these two foods will help you think better?

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The correct answer is: Watermelon--and other fruits--are high in healthy carbs and low in fats. This type of food helps the brain process information and memories more quickly. Fatty foods, like cheese, may actually slow the brain.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these vitamins may help prevent memory loss as you age?

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The correct answer is: Help prevent memory loss as you age by trying 25 micrograms of vitamin B12 either orally or under the tongue per day. This vitamin has been connected with better memory recall and brain function.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods contains vitamin B12?

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The correct answer is: Salmon is high in vitamin B12, a vitamin that may make memory recall much easier. Other sources of the healthy vitamin: beans, tuna, eggs, milk and yogurt. Supplements work, too.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Carrots, peppers and celery contain which nutrient that is helpful for memory recall?

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The correct answer is: Carrots, peppers and celery contain large amounts of luteolin, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce age-related memory loss. You'll find the same thing in blueberry juice and frozen blueberries.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Daydreaming can improve your memory.

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The correct answer is: When you daydream, you may not be as productive, but you are doing something good for your body--stretching your mind. Daydreaming keeps your mind flexible and functioning outside its normal thought-processing roles. So go on--let your mind drift to the beach when you're feeling stressed. You're doing your brain a favor!

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