Do you worry about memory loss? Take heart, you’re not alone! Consider these seven simple tips that have been shown effective in dusting away the forgetfulness cobwebs.*
- Use it or lose it: Just like physical exercise keeps your body stay in shape, mentally stimulating activities keep your brain fit. Do crossword puzzles, take alternate driving routes or learn to play a musical instrument.
- Get Friendly: Reach out to friends and loved ones. Social interaction staves off depression and stress, which both can contribute to memory loss.
- Organization is key: Chances are if your house is cluttered, than your brain is too. Jot down tasks and and to-do’s in a special notebook or electronic planner. Set aside a specific place for your wallet, keys and cell phone.
- Focus: Keep multitasking to a minimum. Try connecting what you’re trying to remember to a favorite song or another familiar idea.
- Feed Your brain: We’ve all heard about the benefits of a heart-healthy diet, but did you know it’s also good for your brain? Your diet should include fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meat and fish, and plenty of water.
- Exercise daily: Simply put, physical activity increases blood flow to the entire body, including your brain. Aim to exercise 30 minutes a day, at least five times a week.
- Manage chronic conditions: If you have a chronic condition, follow your doctor’s recommendations to a tee. The better your health, the better your memory. Also, various medications can impact memory.
* If memory loss affects your ability to complete daily activities, consult your doctor.