I am struggling with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.
Binding memory to smells and tastes and music seems to help, those memories are not as vulnerable.
Learning new languages is a big help as each language is stored in a slightly different place in the brain. I have lost a vast amount of my vocabulary, I have lost entire languages and alphabets. If I become frustrated and angry, I can try to think in a different language, starting with a song, I am always calmer if I am not thinking in English.
I tutored a college student in computer science, specifically HTML, CSS, SQL and C++. Every one around me says that my long hours of tutoring made my mind more alert. Another college.student would play chess with me. I teach computer literacy at the senior activity center. I read to the cats at the humane society. I study the Bible with people for free.
A good diet, exercise, lots of socialization, strenuous study, singing, all help.
I was always fond of loci memorization techniques. I used to ride a motorcycle down an Arkansas state highway through a mountain pass that was covered in pea gravel, there were 12 curves in the road, I would leave memories at different places on the side of the road. I could then go back later and retrieve them. But it no longer works. The mountain pass has been paved and I do not remember it, I only remember how it made me feel. It just does not work any more.
I can remember feelings, food, and some music.
I use my computer and android phone to augment my memory, and to make sure I do not forget my meds or my meals.
I know that this is a losing battle but I will not give up.