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Managing Your Memory

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!

Isolation as Bad as Smoking?

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.

Be Healthy - Eat Chocolate!

Yes! Here's a health tip we just know you're going to want to follow!

Doctors say that eating two squares of dark chocolate (60-70% pure cocoa) can actually help prevent diabetes.

Before you break open the Hershey's, make sure you consult with your personal doctor.

Taking the Burn Out of Heartburn

As we get older, sadly, we can’t eat like we once did and heartburn may become a problem, particularly during the nighttime hours.

The experts say these foods can be part of the problem:

  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Spearmint or Peppermint (Who knew?)

The first rule in relieving the discomfort is: don’t go to bed on a full stomach!

Other things that might help:

  • Lose weight (which eases the pressure on your stomach)
  • Elevate your head – if you can, your head should be about 6 to 8 inched above your body to help prevent reflux
  • Minimize your meals – Try eating smaller portions more frequently
  • If you smoke, stop – tobacco smoke can weaken the gateway between your stomach and esophagus.

Healthier Breakfasts

When the waitress at your favorite breakfast stop asks you “bacon or sausage,” take the bacon. On average, bacon has 35 calories a slice while a die of sausage contains 277 calories. Surprisingly, bacon also contains less sodium.

If she asks, “hash browns or home fries,” take the home fries. They’re less greasy, than the hash browns and contain 15% fewer calories in comparable servings.

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