As you age, inevitably your memory may start to decline. It is normal, but you don’t have to accept it. There are a few ways you can keep your memory sharp and your brain young. Here are some things you can do to stay on your A-game:
- Never stop learning. Just because you have your degree, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. It doesn’t really matter what you’re learning, but learning a new skill can help keep your memory sharp. Think about a hobby or skill you’ve always wanted to try, and go for it! It could be anything from learning American sign language to picking up knitting to cooking a new recipe. Try new things and figure out what things you enjoy.
- Play memory games. You can try crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, or download apps that you can play different brain games on.
- Use your senses. If you often read and use your eyes, work on your sense of smell or taste instead for the day. Whenever you are doing an activity, really notice what you are doing, stay in the present and use all of your senses. It could be something as simple as trying to figure out all of the ingredients in a dish at a restaurant.
- Take care of your body and your brain will follow. Exercise and eat right and it will help keep your brain happy as well. Some brain-boosting foods are fatty fish like salmon, fruits and vegetables, green tea, and even wine.
- Get enough sleep. You know when you don’t get enough sleep and your brain feels foggy the next day? If you regularly don’t get enough sleep, it could cause memory issues.
- Use mnemonic devices to remember things. For example, you can use images or other words to remember someone’s name or something that you need to remember. A common mnemonic device is the sentence “every good boy does fine” to memorize the music lines of treble clef which are the notes E, G, B, D, F.
- If you feel that your memory loss is not normal, see a doctor to try to find the root cause of the issue.
Do you feel that your memory is getting worse as you age? Or do you still feel pretty sharp?
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