As we all age, our memories will start to fade. The car keys will be harder to find. The grocery list will never make it to the grocery store. It’s a common occurrence for everyone as we get older. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Memory loss can be frustrating and it’s definitely not something to take lightly.
There are no guarantees to prevent memory loss, but there are plenty of ways that you can exercise your brain that might help. Here are some great tips to help get you started.
Stay mentally active
Physical activity keeps your body in shape, while mental activity keeps your brain moving. It could even help keep memory loss at bay. Grab the crossword puzzle and play card games. There are even websites that can help challenge you in math, puzzles and more. Try to learn something new, like a musical instrument or a different way to drive to work. Stay as mentally active as you can.
Social interaction is important as we age. Engaging with your loved ones and groups of friends keeps depression and stress at bay, both of which can contribute to memory loss over time. Go to family outings and look for opportunities to get together with friends. Even if you live alone, challenge yourself to go out and socialize to keep your mind sharp.
It can be easy for your home to become cluttered and overtime that can be hard to manage. Find a way to organize your home that makes sense for you. Everyone is different. You might set up an area to jot down appointment and events that you’ll need to remember. Keep a planner close by to remind you too. Set up a spot to place your keys and phone when you get home so you always know where they are. When you make a to do list, keep it current. Check off the items you have completed and add items that need to be done.
The hardest part is not doing too many things at once. Keep your focus on information you want to retain, then repeat it out loud to help you remember and you’ll be more likely to recall it later.
You’ve heard us say it a thousand times, sleep is important! It’s the time for your brain to relax and heal, but it also plays a big role in helping you consolidate your memories so that you can remember them down the road. Set and keep a sleep schedule and make it a priority.
Helpful Tips for Keeping Memory Loss at Bay