When you feel as though your memory is beginning to slip, there are certain exercises that you can use to stimulate your brain and get your memory back in gear. One of the simplest methods is to read. Reading requires a good deal of concentration. Concentration is essential to memory function. By taking a few minutes out of each day to read you are stimulating your memory in a very positive way. It doesn't need to be a book that you read. If news interests you than reading the newspaper during your coffee break is a perfect solution. This way you'll also remember the news stories that your colleagues or spouse might bring up and you'll feel confident having read the headline and accompanying story and then committing it to memory.