Thursday, March 27, 2008

Preventing Memory Loss

A big concern as people age is memory loss. While some memory loss is normal, there are things you can do to control and prevent much of it.

Exercise your mind
Continue to challenge yourself to learn new skills and practice those you already have. These include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Scrabble, or putting together puzzles. These may help produce new connections between brain cells.

Take care of your health
While this can encompass many things, the most important are getting enough sleep, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, eat a nutritious diet, and maintain a healthy weight.

There have been many studies recently on how socializing improves your memory. A recent one suggests that talking to another person for just 10 minutes a day can improve your memory. This may be just as effective as doing mental exercises.

Reduce stress
The more stressed and anxious you are, the more likely you are to have poor memory as you age. Find ways to cope with stress and practice those techniques.