Keeping Your Memory Safe From Aging

| Monday, February 28, 2011
By Kathleen Burch

When the brain is not able to work at maximum efficiency, it will have difficulty with its processing and recall functions resulting to memory lapses common among the seniors. With age, the body is unable to produce hormones and chemicals in the quantity needed by the brain cells.

The brain stores information in different ways, depending if it's for short or long term memory. The brain will distinguish short term memories like information of recent events from the long term memories that took place years before. While short and long term memories aren't usually affected by aging, recent situations such as where you parked your car in a big parking lot might be.

Yet, all is not hopeless as there are ways of keeping your memory and not forgetting things that must be remembered. For example, keep lists of things you need to do and follow a routine as closely as possible is a good way to safeguard your memory. Make use of the calendar, they are a most convenient and useful tool for your schedule of activities. Play some games like badminton or play cards, or enroll in a yoga class. Dancing has an added benefit of keeping your body busy as well as your stimulating the mind. Your daily routine should include some exercise and bear in mind that the correct diet has a lot to do with your health. Forgetting a word or a name occasionally is not a cause for worry but if it has increased in frequency, you need to practice keeping the mind sharp by recalling specific words, doing word games like puzzles and scrabble in order to enrich your vocabulary. Memory loss is a common malady of the aged, although aside from advancing age it can be due to a host of other reasons such as depression, the effects of drugs, alcoholism, or illnesses. If you suspect that any of these situations may be the problem causing your memory loss, see your doctor and be sure to write down all the symptoms so that she can better diagnose the problem.

Memory lapses is a nuisance but it is seldom life threatening. However, if the lapses happen more often as to make life miserable, you might be better off to see a doctor to try to seek treatment. There really is no reason to defer or delay seeing a doctor for a diagnosis on the causes of your memory problem and to seek treatment there for.

Some lifestyle activities can be tried for the prevention of memory loss due to aging. Exercise for example may stimulate the brain and prevent or mitigate the onset or progress of memory loss. Also, a balanced diet can do wonders for your memory. Research has proven that those who eat nutritional diets are smarter than those who frequent a high fat and unhealthy diet.

Our body needs its regular supply of vitamins and if there are not enough in our food intake, then we can take over the counter vitamins, especially those that are good for the brains. The adjustments in our daily routines are good for the brain and will prevent or delay the onset of memory loss. After all, it is better to try and lose than not to try at all.

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