Say 10 items from your kitchen cabinet. Then, go over to your cabinet and remove the 10 items.
WHAT IT MEANS
The average person remembers five to nine items with short-term memory. If you remembered less than five items, you may need to do some intentional memory strengthening exercises. Most age-related memory loss comes from inactivity and lack of mental exercise.
WHAT TO DO
Use it or lose it; at least that's how things are for the brain. Read more books and watch less TV, YouTube, and whatever else is on your phone or tablet screen. Also, consider using brain-trainer games like the ones provided on Lumosity.