As you age, you may start to worry about losing your mental sharpness and capacity. While certain diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s can reduce brain function, memory loss is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Talk to your primary doctor about preventative measures that can help to preserve your memory and cognitive abilities, and learn more about protecting your memory below.
- Give Your Brain a Daily Challenge: As your muscles need exercise to stay strong, your brain requires mental exertion in order to retain its full capacity. Challenge your thinking each day by doing mentally-stimulating activities, like solving a daily crossword or puzzle. Those memory activities that focus on language skills can be particularly beneficial for strengthening the brain.
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Feed your brain by incorporating nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, choline, and antioxidants into your diet. You can find these nutrients in foods you eat regularly, including eggs, chocolate, blueberries, and fish.
- Exercise Every Day: When you are in good vascular health, your brain receives better nourishment from the bloodstream. To keep your blood pumping properly, designate time for physical activity each day. Whether it’s a daily walk, dancing, or gardening, time spent moving can keep both your heart and memory strong.
- Attend Social Gatherings: One challenge that many seniors face may be feelings of social isolation. By avoiding or not participating in social activity, you are restricting your brain from mental activity that could keep it stimulated. Set lunch dates with friends, take a community class, or simply spend time with neighbors to improve mood and brain function.
- Don’t Skimp on Sleep: While you sleep, your brain is actually very active; during sleep, your brain sorts through information that was taken in during the day and reorganizes itself. Give yourself plenty of time to sleep each night, and talk to your doctor if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep.
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