Did you know there are simple steps to help keep you brain sharp?Everyone has a senior moment where they have gone into the kitchen and couldn’t remember why. The most common is not being able to recall someone’s name during a conversation. Memory lapses can occur at any age and is not necessarily a sign of age. When very significant memory loss occur amongst the elderly, it is generally not due to aging but rather due to organic disorders, neurological illness or brain injury.
Studies have shown that you can help prevent cognitive decline by following some simple habits.
- remaining physically active
- receiving enough sleep
- not smoking
- having decent social connections
- limiting alcohol to one small drink a day
- eating a balanced diet low in saturated and trans fats and high in important nutrients
Keep learningA higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age because it gets the person in the habit of being mentally active.
Use all your sensesThe more senses you use in education, the more of your brain that will be involved in retaining the
Repeat what you want to know
When you want to remember something important that you have just read, heard or thought about, repeat it out loud or even write it done. That way, you will reinforce the connection or memory.
Space it outSpace out your learning by re-studying the essentials after increasingly longer periods of times. For example, once an hour, then every few hours and then eventually every day. This kind of study can help to improve memory and is particularly valuable when you are trying to grasp bits of complicated information.
Always check with a doctor if you feel like memory loss if suspect you have any other health issue that might be affecting brain function.