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Area Agency on Aging

Posted on: April 14, 2013

[ACTIVE] Mind Aerobics

Memory glitches are experienced by all, but mostly, the over 50 crowd. Did you ever go on a time-consuming search for a misplaced item? Were you ever caught short on a person’s name, just after being introduced? Couldn’t think of that word on the tip of your tongue?

People joke about “senior moments”, but for some there can be underlying concerns of dementia. Memory lapses do not necessarily foreshadow dementia.

What leads to memory lapses are “brain busters”. They can be caused by fatigue, depression, poor health, or medication. Another cause that is being reviewed is stress, which can be havoc, not only to physical health but also mental health.

So how do we keep our memory in shape? The latest scientific findings suggest a memory workout:

1. Exercise regularly. Aerobic activities like walking, dancing, and biking for at least 20 minutes three times a week; this may reduce the loss of brain tissue.
2. Stick to a healthy diet. Avoid sugar and saturated fats. Eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Magnesium found in dark green, leafy vegetables appear to help maintain memory.
3. Learn something new. Master activity you never did before.
4. Get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep appears to boost memory after learning something new.
5. Devise memory strategies. Make notes or underline key passages to help remember what you read.
6. Socialize. Positive, meaningful interaction is a great stimulus.
7. Get Organized. Select a place for important items, such as keys, checkbooks, etc. Keep checklists for daily medications, items to pack when you travel, etc.
8. Jot down new information. Writing helps transfer items from short-term to long term memory.
9. Solve brainteasers. Crossword puzzles, board and card games help to improve your memory.

Mind aerobics are scientifically proven exercises that allow you to have fun, build a better memory and stop aging memory loss.

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