It is common to forget something now and again, it happens to everyone at every age. But when you are older, you might be searching for ways to keep your brain healthy to avoid cognitive decline.
Thankfully, research has illustrated that it is possible to up your chances of avoiding cognitive decline with a handful of lifestyle adjustments.
Practice Healthy Living
First and foremost, you need to take care of your health. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, and having people to connect with. This is important as humans are naturally social.
If you need to talk through problems you have been having and can’t think of a friend or family member to reach out to, know that there are counselors and therapists available to walk you through any personal issues you are experiencing. Talking through problems can be extremely beneficial, including talking through why you might be stuck in lifestyle patterns that are unhealthy.
Keep Your Brain Healthy by Using Your Brain!
It’s important to continue to learn at every phase of life. This could be learning a new skill or volunteering to help with a project you’ve never worked on before. The idea is to keep challenging your brain to stay active and stimulated.
Also, be attuned to your environment. Activate your senses by paying attention to the smells on a morning walk, from blooming flowers to a neighborhood bakery that fills the sidewalk with smells of fresh bread. Challenge yourself to use all your senses and start to remember not only sights, but sounds and scents as well.
Too often, people keep themselves down with self-deprecating talk. As a senior citizen, there is no need to joke about losing your memory or not being as sharp as you used to be. This can be dangerous when people begin to believe their own talk. Conversely, if you are positive and believe in yourself, your chances of success are higher. This is true in a variety of ways, including keeping your brain healthy and sharp.
Think of Things Again
People remember things they think of repeatedly. If there is something you want to remember, prompt yourself to think about it again, over time. For some writing things down and returning to their writing is helpful. Others repeat things out loud or create a tune to help them remember a string of information. Use the technique you enjoy and that works for you. If you enjoy the process, you will likely be more apt to continue to prompt yourself over and over again, which is just the recipe for a memory to take hold.
You may have heard the recommendation of repeating someone’s name as soon as you meet them and again each time you see them. This is a good, useful example of the power of memory with repeated use.
Brain health is part of your overall health. If you need support, help is available.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.