Alzheimer’s is on the rise in 2016, and with more then 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and 1 in 3 seniors dying with the disease or some other form of dementia, it is causing major concern in the elderly community. In 2016 alone, Alzheimer’s and dementia will cost the nation $136 billion. With such debilitating statistics many search for ways to avoid or prevent memory loss in their later years. There are many ways to stay on top of your brain’s health, and while there are no guarantees when it comes to prevention, memory tricks and brain exercises are helpful and recommended to many seniors.
Workout Your Brain
Just like you should be staying physically fit, your brain needs exercise too. There are many mentally stimulating activities you can do daily to take your brain to the gym and get it a full workout. Some favorites include: crossword puzzles, reading the newspaper, taking alternative routes when driving you might not usually take, learning a new skill, and attending classes.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is so important to your health, overall, not just your mental health. Getting sleep should be a priority to everyone, not just seniors. Get 8 hours of sleep a day if possible, sleep deprivation is linked to memory loss.
A diet filled with fruits, veggies, and whole grains is recommended for everyone. Increase your low-fat protein sources, like fish, lean meat and skinless poultry, and you have a diet for the brain. They don’t call fish brain food for nothing! Ask your doctor what your best balanced diet is and stick to it. Drinking water and avoiding alcohol will also help with memory loss.
Exercise increases blood flow, and this means also to the brain. While many seniors may find it hard to exercise, consider walking as a low impact but adequate way to get the blood flowing, just 10 minutes a day could help you see a significant boost in your memory. This is also a great way to socialize, invite a friend to walk with you daily.
Organize your life
Staying organized is one of the best ways to make your life easier. With a well organized home and calendar, you will have less to forget and it will limit distractions and help you focus. Organization will also help with memory training: if you have an appointment every Tuesday, keeping a calendar, setting reminders, and tracking goals will help to train your brain to remember these dates and times on your own as well. These tips will help you get started on a great routine that is built for brain power. If you are concerned about memory loss you should always consult your doctor and discuss your daily physical activities and chronic illnesses.