Pamper Your Brain for an Ageless Memory

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Ever had a great idea you forgot almost right away? Not surprisingly, it can happen more often as you grow older. You can keep your memory strong at any age by following a few basic tips:

Get plenty of rest:
Lack of sleep can diminish your brain’s ability to solve problems, think creatively, and form memories. A good night’s sleep is essential.

Exercise:
Physical activity increases the flow of oxygen to your brain and keeps you healthy in other ways.

Socialize:
Stay in touch with friends. Good relationships are important to emotional health and mental processes, because they provide stimulation and laughter.

Minimize stress: 
You may not be able to eliminate all unpleasant situations and activities from your life, but do your best to manage your reaction to them in emotionally healthy ways.

Eat the right food: 
A nutritious diet can help you stay in shape mentally as well as physically. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants that are good for your brain.

Keep your brain active: 
Spend more time reading and doing puzzles, like crosswords or Sudoku, than watching TV. A good mental workout will keep your mind in shape to process and remember important information.

 

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  • FC&A Staff Writer