YOU and YOUR aging Brain and keeping it active
The following if from Harvard.edu
As we grow older, we all start to notice some changes in our
ability to remember things
Maybe you have gone into the kitchen and cannot remember why,
or cannot recall a familiar name during a conversation. You may
even miss an appointment because it slipped your mind. Memory
lapses can occur at any age, but we tend to get more upset by
them as we get older because we fear they are a sign of
dementia, or loss of intellectual function. The fact is significant
memory loss in older people is not a normal part of aging but is
due to organic disorders, brain injury, or neurological illness with
Alzheimer’s being among the most feared.
Thanks to decades of research, there are various strategies we
can use to protect and sharpen our minds. Here are seven you
A higher level of education is associated with better mental
functioning in old age. Challenging your brain with mental
exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain
individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them.
Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active but
pursue a hobby or learning a new skill can function the same
way. Read: join a book club, play chess or bridge, write your life story, do crossword or jigsaw puzzles, take a class, pursue music
or art, garden.
Use all your senses
The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your
brain will be involved retaining the memory. In one study; adults
were shown a series of emotionally neutral images, each
presented along with a smell. Challenge all your senses as you
venture into some unfamiliar ground.
Believe in yourself-especially as YOU age
Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. People
who believe that they are not in control of their memory function
are less likely to work at maintain or improving their memory skills
and are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their
memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience
Economize your brain use
Use calendars, planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and
address books to keep routine information accessible.
Designate a place at home for glasses, purse, keys, and other
items you use often.
Repeat what you want to know
When you want to remember something you have just heard,
read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. If you
place one of your belongings somewhere other than its usual
spot, tell yourself out loud what you have done.
Space it out
Research shows that spaced rehearsal improves recall not only in
healthy people but also in those with certain physically based
cognitive problems, such as those associated with multiple
Make a mnemonic
Use a creative way to remember lists.
Acronyms are a good way to remember
USE YOUR BRAIN