May 21st, 2019
Increased forgetfulness is a common side effect of aging — but it’s not inevitable.
While you’re never too old to learn something new, just like a muscle, you have to regularly use and challenge your brain for it to continue to function properly.
Here are four ideas to help you keep your brain engaged.
From board games, crossword puzzles, mobile app-based games, word searches and more, exercising your cognitive skills by playing stimulating games is a beneficial (and fun!) way to boost your memory.
While games help keep your memory sharp, studies have also shown that brain-training exercises can take your memory preservation to the next level by helping reduce the risk of dementia in older adults.
The benefits of physical activity are multifold. From weight management to improved mood, reduced risk of disease and increased lifespan, exercise is one of the catch-all keys to maintaining health over time.
It’s also crucial for preserving memory. In fact, exercise boosts memory in a variety of ways and directly prompts physiological changes that preserve brain health. Indirectly, exercise improves sleep and minimizes stress, two areas of wellness that contribute to overall cognitive wellbeing.
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Like exercise, the health perks of being socially active are vast. Spending time with friends, maintaining involvement in clubs and other organizations, and even connecting with family members and friends on a frequent basis are all activities that stimulate the brain and preserve memory.
A healthy diet is crucial for more than just your waistline. Choosing foods that are low in sugar and that aren’t processed lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Foods that have been shown to keep memory loss away include:
- Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Dark greens, such as kale, spinach and broccoli
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruits, specifically berries
- Dark chocolate
- Spices, including turmeric, cinnamon and ginger
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