There is a difference between mild forgetfulness and serious neurological conditions like Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Knowing that difference can help you stay sharp and avoid many cognitive issues.
There are genetic components to memory loss that cannot be avoided. However, some positive changes to your lifestyle have proven to stave off the effects of those components.
Here are seven ways to combat memory loss:
1. Learn a new skill
If you have ever researched how to maintain memory, learning new skills was no doubt in the top five - if not the first - of the tips you saw. It’s always there for a reason: it works. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Whether that skill is a major challenge, like learning a new language, or something small you’ve wanted to try, like knitting, learning something new keeps your mind active and results in memory improvement.
2. Manage your stress
Chronic stresscan have long-term effects on the brain. It can affect your brain's plasticity (or resilience), impairing your memory and increasing your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Try out some self-care activities or learn about more stress relievers here.
You don’t have to cut out all of the good stuff, though. One study showed that those who ate dark chocolate with 70% cacao or higher had a better memory than those who ate white chocolate without cacao flavonoids.
4. Take care of your physical health
Physical exercise increases blood flow to your brain. This increased blood flow helps prevent illnesses that lead to memory loss such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and strokes. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule can also affect your physical and cognitive health, as it allows time for the brain to consolidate memories.
5. Practice memory exercises
In the same way you maintain muscle by working out your body, you must exercise your brain to keep a sharp mind. Repeat and retrieve exercises, for example, are useful for remembering the names of people and places. Training your memory can also aid in quick recall. See how 2006 World Memory Champion Joshua Foer trains his brain and hones his memory by building a “memory palace.”
A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind. Using organizational tools like calendars, sticky notes, or phone notifications to keep track of appointments and reminders can help clear your head and help make room for more information. Reading the reminders you leave for yourself a few times can also help secure them in your working memory.
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