As you start warming up your muscles on spring morning walks after a long winter’s break, don’t forget to consider your memory! There are plenty of ways to keep your brain and your memory in tip-top shape. Just ask Megan Quastad, memory care coordinator at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont, MN.
While you’re daydreaming about sunshine and brighter days ahead, Megan recommends these tips for boosting your brainpower too.
Exercise to be wise. The Archives of Neurology reports that exercise significantly cuts a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s and other memory loss by maintaining blood flow and lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Jog your memory. Activities ranging from simple such as writing or associating names with places to the more complex like playing chess or card games can keep memories sharp. In addition, regular social activity has shown to increase memory function.
Supplement your mind. Many people take supplements and vitamins to slow memory loss. Vitamin E, for example, is an antioxidant capable of neutralizing free radicals that can damage brain cells. Also, both phospholipids and specific fatty acids have been found to compensate for memory loss caused by age, stress, diet and more. Experts say that may be why supplements can be effective at slowing memory loss.
Food for thought. When it comes to the mind, diet does matter. Nutritionists say a balanced diet that includes fish, fiber and leafy green vegetables can help people think clearly, feel alert and help keep memory sharp.