One Habit My 98-year-old Grandmother Keeps So Her Memory Stays Sharp

Here’s why some older people remember better than those half their age

Chau Trieu
2 min readMar 17, 2022
Photo by Tiago Muraro on Unsplash

Apparently, the human brain doesn’t always age.

With simple and healthy behaviors, older people can still maintain their memories and avoid going into a mental decline.

My grandmother is an example. At 98, while she still has some health issues like high blood pressure or migraine at times, her memory remains.

It is amazing to hear her talk about stories that took place some 50 years ago with precision and detail. I’d even argue that my grandma’s memory is better than some people my age, who cannot even recall what they had for dinner last night.

After living together for a while, I’ve noticed a daily habit of hers that might result in such great memory.

At the end of the day, my grandmother reiterates what happened earlier: who she met, what they talked about, and how she thought and felt.

Sometimes it’s like she’s telling us what she did that day. Other times, she does it for herself to hear. But every single day without fail, my grandma repeats this activity.

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Chau Trieu

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