Stay Mentally Active

 

Do a crossword puzzle, take a different way to work, learn to play a musical instrument. Mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape.

 

Socialize Regularly

 

When you're invited somewhere, go! Look for opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which contribute to memory loss.

Get organized

 

Get in the habit of jotting things down and keeping lists. From traditional journals to electronic devices, there are a lot of options! You are more likely to remember things if you are more organized.

Eat a healthy diet

 

We know that a healthy diet is good for your heart, but it might also be good for your brain!

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are part of a healthy diet, as well as low-fat protein sources such as fish, lean meat, and skinless poultry. In terms of liquids, make sure to get enough water and stay away from drinking too much alcohol, as this can lead to confusion and memory loss.

Exercise

 

There are different recommendations on how much exercise a healthy adult should get. The Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging) - preferably spread thoughout the week. Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This might help keep your memory sharp.

Manage chronic conditions

 

Follow your doctor's treatment for recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as depression or kidney or thyroid problems. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can impact memory.

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