The human brain loses one percent of its cells every year after surpassing middle aged. This is why everyone will experience some form of memory loss in their lifetime. However, combating the onset of memory loss is possible if you start preparing early.
Reading helps retain memory because it’s active engagement, with your eyes sending a picture to the brain, which is then broken down into a message. While reading, the brain has to remember the characters and details, creating an overall understanding of what you’ve read. This pushes your mind and memory to work harder, training it to stay active and fully-functioning.
Board games are integral to combating memory loss because they involve critical thinking and social interaction. Interacting with people reduces stress and depression which are strong factors in memory retention. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss, play a fun, strategic board game!
Activities like crossword puzzles keep your mind sharp because they force you to use association. You’re given a description of a person, place or thing, which you must comb your mind for words that will fit the character limit. This is amazing practice for any form of memory recall.
While it is possible to combat memory loss at home, it is not always effective. Independence Village offers specialized memory care services to ensure the success of our residents. Plan a visit to your local community or give us a call at 1-844-40-ENJOY to learn more. Our Community Specialists would be happy to answer any of your questions.