As we age, it’s normal to have some occasional memory loss. Words and names we can’t quite remember, putting keys in the fridge instead of on the counter, and other memory blips which leave you wondering if you’re alright. There’s likely no need to worry, though. Short-term memory loss is common as we age, and the occasional forgetful moment is typically nothing to worry about. However, there are a few things you can do to help you keep your memory sharp for longer.
Staying active is very important to your overall health as well as your memory. It’s as simple as a 20-minute walk every day or some tai-chi moves. Exercise not only helps to keep your blood and oxygen levels pumping adequately, but it helps to ward off other issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Both of these can also impede memory.
Exercise Your Brain
Your body isn’t the only thing you need to keep active — keeping your mind moving is just as important! Try new activities like playing cards with friends, learning a new language, or even watching a new sport on TV. Join a book club or try reading a different genre than you usually do. Pick up a puzzle book and do a crossword or word search every morning.
Fill Your Social Calendar
The perks of playing cards or trying another social activity will not only exercise your brain, but it’ll give you quality social time as well. Staying social, even if it’s only with a select few friends, on a regular basis helps to keep your mind sharp. Socializing with friends is also proven to help combat stress and improve your mood — more great ways to combat memory loss.
Check Your Diet
If your diet has been nutritionally lacking, that could easily be the culprit of your memory loss! We’ve talked before about how nutritional needs should adapt as you age, and memory is just one thing that can suffer from an imbalanced diet.
Get Your Sleep
Sleeping is so important. Even if you’re getting the minimum seven hours a night, it won’t help much if it’s not quality sleep. Aches and pains can keep us awake as we age, and sleep can suffer, as can your memory. If you’re not feeling rested when you wake up or you know you toss and turn, talk to your doctor about proper sleep hygiene.
If you’re a smoker, do your very best to quit or at least cut back (please consult with a pharmacist or other trained professional for help). Smoking is a known cause of memory loss as well as a whole host of other health issues.
Consult a Doctor
If you’re concerned about your memory loss or feel it’s not improving after incorporating the above steps, it’s best to speak with your doctor. They’ll likely do lab work to make sure your vitamin levels are where they should be, and they may do a comprehension test for dementia or other possible memory conditions.
If you live in seniors home, like a boutique home in one of our Trillium Communities, you’ll have access to three healthy balanced meals every day, activities, socialization, and a stress-free environment you’ll be happy in. Please contact us today to book a free tour or for more information.