As we get older, some memory loss is usual. Even in our younger years when our cognitive performance is at its peak, it’s normal to forget things from time to time, but as we get older, this can become more common. We can lose memories, become forgetful, and important details can slip from both our long- and short-term memories.
While cognitive decline and memory loss are normal, it doesn’t mean that you just have to accept them. In fact, there are many things that you can do to boost your memory as you get older. Here is a look at seven of the best.
See Your Doctor
First, it’s important to understand that not all memory loss is normal. If you are becoming more forgetful it could be a sign of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Korsakoff syndrome, and many other conditions. If you are worried, learn more about Korsakoff syndrome and speak to your doctor for advice, a diagnosis, and treatment.
Spend Time with Your Grandkids
Spending time with grandchildren, or other younger members of your family is a great way to boost mood, memory, and activity. Your grandkids will teach you new things, improve your mood, give you something to look forward to, and challenge your mind in new ways, all of which will help your memory.
Conversation is a great way to challenge your mind, use your communication and understanding skills, and push your memory to recall facts, names, dates, details, and even opinions. The more people you speak to, and the broader the topics you speak about, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Try to spend time with people of different ages and with different interests and opinions to your own sometimes.
Learn New Things
Many of us are guilty of leaving learning behind as we get older. When we’re young, we seem to be able to learn new things easily, and children are often described as being able to take in information like a sponge. Learning when we’re older can be harder simply because we’ve got out of the habit. Try learning new skills, reading different books, and trying new hobbies to keep your mind young.
Change Your Diet
What you eat and drink can affect your brain health. Try to limit alcohol, drink more water, reduce sugars and processed foods, and eat more oily fish for the brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.
Stress can have an impact on your mind and body. It can even cause premature aging. Try to make time for meditation, and things that you find relaxing, like going for walks to manage stress, and speak to someone if you need help.
Give Your Brain a Workout
Brain training puzzles and games like sudoku, as well as learning new languages and skills are great ways to give your mind a workout and keep it young. Try to practice a little brain training every day for the best results.
Getting into good habits can help you to reduce memory loss, but these habits can also boost your mood, improve your social life, and positively impact your physical health. While many of them are small changes, they could have a big impact on your quality of life.