12 Mar Five Tips to Prevent Dementia and Improve Your Memory
While there is no sure-fire way to prevent dementia and other types of cognitive impairment, there are a number of things that you can do to sharpen your memory.
Maybe you’ve had a moment when you couldn’t remember why you walked into a room, or perhaps you misplaced your keys, or stumbled over the name of an acquaintance. If that’s the case, you are not alone. Occasionally, everyone forgets things. But memory loss is something you should take seriously.
Here are five tips that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine––and most of them are even fun!
- Take a walk
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. And according to a study published by healthline.com, circulating blood supplies your brain with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should get 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking preferably spread throughout the week. Even squeezing in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day can be very helpful.
- Play a game
Just like exercise helps keep your body in shape, Harvard Health says mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape. And the best part? Most of these activities are as simple and fun as playing a game. So, work a crossword puzzle, play bridge, learn a new hobby or skill, or volunteer at a local charity.
- Hang out with a neighbor
According to the Mayo Clinic, social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. The Radiology Society of North America says that brain imaging tests, such as MRIs, show that people living with depression and anxiety disorders have abnormalities in areas of the brain responsible for cognitive functions like problem-solving, memory, and planning and executing activities. So, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to connect with neighbors, family, and friends and participate in a variety of social activities on a regular basis to prevent dementia.
- Get some shut eye
Forbes Magazine reports that neuroscientists have discovered that sleep is restorative, whereas sleep deprivation and a regular lack of sleep lowers your resistance to stress, harms your brain, and interferes with memory and learning. So, make getting enough sleep a priority. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a day.
- Eat your veggies
A healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains has many benefits that can contribute to both your brain and heart health. Other healthy food choices include low-fat protein sources, such as fish, beans, and skinless poultry––all part of the Mediterranean Diet. And watch what you drink as too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.
When to seek help for memory loss
If you’re worried that memory loss is starting to affect your ability to complete your usual daily activities or if you notice your memory getting worse, it’s important to talk to your doctor. Early detection is key so don’t hesitate to seek treatment. There are many options available to help. At Park Springs, contact Alanna Connor at 678-684-3156 to learn more about our Memory Care Screening and Memory Care Households.