Nelson Dellis, is a Memory Grandmaster, and he was inspired by his Grandmother’s sickness to beat memory loss and to improve his memory overall.
My grandmother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years earlier. The last time I’d seen her, she’d had trouble remembering where she’d left her cane…
…she turned to my grandfather and asked him how I was doing, and whether I was planning to visit anytime soon — completely unaware that I was right there with her.
I was stunned by the depth of her lapse. It’s hard to forget being forgotten by someone you love.
“… disease is irreversible and destroys brain cells, causing thinking ability and memory to deteriorate. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.” Alzheimer Society of Canada
Then my grandmother passed away. The shock and grief cut right through me. Yet in the midst of that troubling moment, I searched for, and found, a purpose to my own life. Could I beat back this disease that had taken my grandmother’s mind and then the rest of her? Could I make my mind not only sharper but healthier?
We can remember certain types of information better than others. When we employ our senses is when we are best able to carry our memory recall. It is easier to remember when we have used our sight or sense of direction than numbers and facts that are more abstract.
Memory training involves mentally connecting “real-life” with the words or numbers that you are trying to recall. Dellis uses a technique to associate real-life places and creates himself a “journey” to recover the memory.
…the best competitors are not photographic-memory savants, but rather average-brained men and women who trained very hard and mastered these techniques…
“The Mind Sport of Memory was founded in 1991 by the inventor of Mind Maps and expert on Mental Literacy, Tony Buzan and Chess Grand Master, Raymond Keene OBE. The Ten Discplines which formed the basis of the first competition are largely unchanged today and have been adopted worldwide as the basis for competitive memory competitions. There are now competitors from 30 countries participating in the sport, all competing to become the next World Memory Champion.”
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