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How to Keep Your Memory Healthy Throughout Aging

Easy and effective strategies to help you keep your memory healthy through aging! You can easily implement many of these ideas today!How to Keep Your Memory Healthy Throughout Aging

We’re all prone to a senior moment now and then, no matter the age. Whether it’s forgetting where you left the keys, or going into a room and wondering what on earth, it is that you’re doing there.

These memory lapses can happen at any age; however, ageing is a contributing factor to memory loss. This is often compounded by neurological illnesses, organic disorders, and brain injuries.

However, not all is lost, there are plenty of which helps stave off cognitive decline to maintain healthy memory throughout aging:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid trans fats entirely.
  • Quit smoking and reduce alcohol intake to just one alcoholic beverage a day.
  • Exercise regularly and stay active.
  • Get at least seven hours of sleep every night.
  • Maintain healthy and strong social connections.

There are varieties of health problems that can result in cognitive impairment; these include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and sleep apnea. If you already have one of these conditions, it is imperative that you follow these guidelines strictly.

Thanks to many decades of research, we now have plenty of strategies that can help you keep your brain active and maintain your memory as you age.

Ways to Keep Your Memory Healthy Throughout Aging:

Actively Learn

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can continue to learn. Keeping your brain challenged is an excellent way to stimulate your brain and maintain strong connections between brain cells. Even if you believe that your job is keeping your brain active, look for a hobby to further support brain function. Whether it’s a book group, knitting circle, learning a new language, or tackling your life story. It’s important to exercise your brain in different ways so that it doesn’t fall into one strict pattern of thought.

 

Repeat to Remember 

One of the most effective ways to retain information is by repeating it. Whether it’s a thought that you’ve had, a piece of information that you have heard or read, take time out to write it down or say it aloud. This will reinforce the connection, thus improving the memory. A good example of this is when you meet someone new and they introduce themselves, repeat their name back as you greet them. You’ll soon find that you’ll remember the name of everyone you meet.

 

Economize

If you aren’t wasting brain energy on recalling where you left your purse or keys, then you will be far better prepared to concentrate your brain power on learning and remembering new things.

Be smart, keep a calendar, write lists, and have important information handy so that you don’t waste brain power thinking about things you can store outside of your brain. Have a place in your home that is designated for wallets, purses, and keys.

 

Space It Out

The most effective learning tool is repetition, which is when it is timed properly. Don’t repeat something repeatedly within a short space of time. It isn’t about cramming for finals. Start by repeating it initially and then again in an hour, and then in three hours, and then every day (this is assuming you’re in need of retaining large amounts of information, for instance: a speech). It’s far more effective to space this out, as it boosts recall.

 

Use Every Sense

The more senses you rely on when you are learning something, the more likely it is to stick in your memory. Consider what types of information you need to retain and couple them with smells and images. Even when the smell isn’t present, your brain will be able to recall the information that accompanied it when required.

Don’t be afraid to challenge every one of your senses when you’re jumping into an unfamiliar situation. If you take up pottery, then don’t just use your hands to feel, use your nose to take in the smell of the materials. If you take a cooking class, don’t just pay attention to the smells or the tastes, take note of textures and sounds, too.

 

Dealing with Distractions

Distractions are everywhere, especially in the high-tech world we live in, with emails, text, social media updates, and apps coming at left and right.

Besides the external distractions, internal ones can also affect us, such as daydreaming, mind-wandering, and worrying.

When your attention is diverted in any way, you will lose concentration on the tasks in front of you.

Studies prove that any type of distraction can impact your short-term memory. The brain is a supercomputer, but even it can overloaded when attention is stretched over numerous things. Focus is necessary for memory retention, and it is difficult to focus when you are distracted.

Concentration improves tremendously when we focus on just one thing at a time, and this can greatly improve your memory.

 

There you have it, ideas to help you keep your memory healthy throughout your life! 

 

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3 comments

  1. 1
    Amber Ludwig

    Such great tips!! This is really important and I think as you age the fear of losing some mental memory is terrifying!! How sad is it that we spend our whole life building amazing memories and in the end we lose so much of them!

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      Colleen

      It’s especially scary when Alzheimers in your family. Any little hint of memory problems and it’s oh no …. is it happening to me?

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    Rosie

    This is helpful information. I notice my memory is now not as good as a senior, but I do most of these things, so I’m sure it is better for it.

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