To many, it seems that forgetting names and other information is just a natural part of the aging process. However, thanks to the work of a psychologist at Temple University, it may not have to be for much longer. SeniorJournal.com reports that Ingrid Olson claims to have found a way to improve memory in older adults by using electrical brain stimulation.
Olson's study, which was conducted on younger adults, found that by stimulating the anterior frontal lobe of the subjects, she was able to improve the recall of names in her subjects by 11 percent.
Although it focused on young individuals, the news source reports that she is expanding the tests to the elderly.
"We know a lot about how to make people's memory worse, but we don't know very much about how to make people's memory better," Olson told the news source. "These findings hold promise because they point to possible therapeutic treatments for memory rehabilitation following a stroke or other neurological insult."
According to MSNBC, studies have shown that one natural way to improve memory is to change one's diet. Food such as broccoli, spinach and fish have all shown that they offer memory benefits.