For the average medicare beneficiary, no topic has more relevance than memory retention. As baby boomers age, researchers are predicting an astounding number of patients with dementia over the coming decades.
But, there is good news. According to the latest research taking a proactive approach toward brain health can counteract age relate memory lost by adhering to the following:
- Learn Something New: Mentally challenging hobbies such as learning a foreign language can actually cause the portion of the brain associated with spatial memory to grow
- Maintain a Sense of Purpose: As human beings, we need to feel needed. Scientists who study the brains of autopsied adults have discovered that the risks of stroke was reduced by half among those who had a keen sense of purpose throughout their lives.
- Take Omega-3’s: Omega 3 fatty acids not only increase blood flow to the brain. One study found that adults who exercised daily for just one year showed growth of 2% in the hippocampus – an area of the brain critical to memory. Those who merely stretched or didn’t exercise at all showed signs of shrinkage.
- Remain Socially Active: Maintaining social ties helps protect the brain from stagnating. Some researchers suggest killing two birds with stone by joining an exercise class. the physical activity will protect the brain while the social interaction will help it thrive.
Apparently the old adage “use it or lose it ” proves to be true not only for physical fitness, but for mental agility as well.