In my last post about healthy aging, we explored some basic ways to protect the brain. I promised in that post to provide some additional fun and effective ideas to improve memory for now and in the future. Here’s a list that can easily be incorporated into daily life. Choose one or two or go for all of them.
How to Improve Your Memory
Challenge your brain. You can read or do crosswords or watch football or play cards or brain games. Any or all of these are good. Make it even more effective by doing something new. If you’ve done crosswords forever, try learning to play video games. They’re not just for kids. Lots of research shows that the brain loves learning something novel.
Healthy aging depends upon a healthy brain. How many times do you start to say something only to find that the word or the name that is right there on the tip of your tongue just won’t come? It happens to me all the time and not only does it frustrate me; it frightens me.
I’m frightened of dementia, but I’m also scared of just the ordinary decline in cognitive ability that comes from the normal wear and tear on our brains as we get older. Our brains can atrophy – just like our muscles – and I want to do everything I can do to prevent or slow that decline.
In retirement, I said yes to a senior tap dance group from the senior center. Only sixty at the time and retired, I wanted to try something new.
Most of my Marketing Director career was spent meeting deadlines, arguing budgets, competing for new business, presenting my point of view and generally keeping my closet ‘Rockette’ under wraps.
While retired from my real job, but having flex time working as a consultant in my previous field, I found I had time to strap on an old pair of tap shoes and revamp my childhood “shuffle ball change.”
Positive aging means accepting ourselves the way we are. For years, every morning when I woke up, I’d hop out of bed, brush my teeth, and weigh myself (after stripping off my nightgown so that I didn’t weigh one ounce more than necessary).
The resulting number determined the start of my day: A lower weight than yesterday sent me off with a wave of optimism and a positive mindset. A higher weight triggered a sense of disappointment and sometimes even despair about ever getting to that perfect weight.