The notion that we get more forgetful as we age is a cliché. Sadly, most clichés contain an element of truth. What can you do to give your memory a boost?
Physical activity – Like you’ve been hearing forever, exercise is good for you. Experts recommend dozens of small ways you can be more active, like picking a parking space farther from the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator when it’s only a few floors.
Eating right – Foods that can help include fruits, veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil.
Spending time with friends & family – Studies show engaging in group activites can help stimulate brain activity.
Managing your blood pressure – High blood pressure can cause small blood vessels in your brin to rupture. As you might guess, that’s not good for the cells involved with memory.
What doesn’t work?
Surprisingly, researchers can find no benefit to playing “brain games,” consuming Omega-3 fish oil or ginseng.
Fortunately, they do find a brain benefit in listening to music! Yay! That means you should be listening to Boomtown America as much as possible!
We all know modern society is more disconnected than the world we grew up in. That is especially true as we age.
Isolation is different than simple lonliness. Isolation means emotional and physical disconnection with friends and family members and researchers say it affects more than 8 million Americans over the age of 50.
Prolonged isolation can contribute to poor health. A recent study suggests it's as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes!
To find oout your risk of isolation, AARP has posted a quiz online at their webite. If you'd like to take the quiz, click here.