We’ve read countless articles about how the aging process affects our memory. Woefully, they’re mostly accurate.

Memorable Studies

Games, brain-twisters, and other cognitive activities have shown
that new, memory-building neural networks can be formed. It’s a process that occurs in the brain called neuroplasticity. This is encouraging for those seeking to exercise short-and long-term memory. Those types of mental activities build brain muscle, making recollection more fluid.

 
Additionally, one who desires easier access to memory should also participate in a wholesome lifestyle. According to a notable 2013 study, those who: maintain a healthy BMI, eat lots of fruits and veggies, exercise daily, don’t smoke, and keep alcohol intake to a minimum—those participants were approximately 60% less likely to forget as much (or suffer from dementia) as those who did not here to that type of lifestyle.

The Help-Memory List

Write these tricks-and-tips down so you don’t forget them! But, if you practice them, hopefully, you won’t have to look back at your post-it notes. It will become second nature, and your rejuvenated memory will serve you plenty well.

Lifestyle Choices

Eat Fresh – a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fish provide natural sources of omega-3s. Colorful fruits are wealthy with antioxidants. Avoid refined sugars, processed foods, and meat, which contribute to inflammation (even in your brain.)
Sleep Well – During a deep sleep of eight hours or more, it’s believed that the brain shifts memories from temporary to longer-term storage. Besides consolidating information, your brain actually absorbs new info while you sleep. Reading or practicing a new skill before bed enhances retention. Sleep well, and you’ll have better focus and remember more.
Exercise – Aerobic exercise on a regular basis enhances retention of new (and old) information. MRI brain scans show that vigorous exercise expands the hippocampus, which is the area involved in learning and memory. Exercise also reduces stress (which can impede good recall.)

Brain Games

Choose from the list and see which work best for you!
Revive synapses by making your brain work hard…

-Do Crossword Puzzles; Sudoku; Jumble; Scrabble; Boggle
-Do math in your head
-Brush your teeth with your less-favored hand
-Say the alphabet backwards
-Learn a new language
-Learn to play a new instrument
-Draw a map from memory
-Drive to work and home using different routes
-Play hand-eye coordinated video games
-Take up a new sport
-Learn to draw or paint
-Memorize dialogue from your favorite movies
-Memorize the capital of every country
-Drink one glass of red wine (resveratrol in the skin of grapes enhances memory)
-Drink a cup of green tea (caffeine improves short-term memory)
-Make up acronyms for long lists (errands, for example, POBMG: Post Office, Bank, Market, Gym)
-Associate names with rhyming words (Keith has crooked teeth; Jeff has no teeth left)
-Makeup lyrics to instrumental or classical music

-Get creative and make up more brain games!
 
For other fun tips on healthy practices for you and your family, check out www.GetThrive.com