How to protect memory from dementia

How to protect your memory from dementia

As we get older, our memory can become less sharp. In addition, neurological diseases like dementia can cause memory loss.

Many middle-aged people worry about developing memory loss later in life.

Although we cannot completely prevent memory loss, there are some methods that can keep our brain healthy.

Eat right

First and foremost, you should eat healthy foods.

Choose vegetables, fish, eggs, legumes (lentils, beans), nuts, olive oil and fruits. Limit red meat, alcohol and added sugar.

You should also avoid processed and packaged food as much as possible.

A healthful diet can also reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping a food diary can remind you about what you eat.

Exercise regularly

We can’t stress enough the importance of all types of exercise. If you haven’t exercised for a while, start by walking.

You should aim for 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. Always talk with your doctor before you pursue a formal exercise program.

Some people find apps that track activity level helpful for motivation. For example, a pedometer app on your phone can offer a wide array of tools to try.

Your body and your brain will thank you for using these free tools.

Connect with your friends and family

Being social are good for your brain — and those with a social network are less likely to develop dementia.

So, get out and about. Talk with others. Join groups. Maintain your involvement in clubs, organizations or your religious community.

If you prefer staying home, make sure you have a pet or at least one or two friends or family members with whom you can socialize and have fun.

Social activities can stimulate the brain and helps it stay sharp. Social engagement also protects against anxiety, stress and depression, which can negatively affect brain function.

Sleep well at night

When we talk about a healthy lifestyle, it is easy to forget the importance of sleep.

During sleep, your brain is cleansed and refreshed. Research shows that getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is not a luxury; it’s crucial for a healthy life.

Do some brain games

The old saying “use it or lose it” applies to your memory and other cognitive functions.

There are many ways to challenge your brain. Working, volunteering, reading, doing puzzles, playing instruments and learning new skills are great ways to keep your brain healthy and active.

You can use computer programs, games and apps that promise to help preserve memory and other cognitive abilities have cropped up.

Importantly, the best app or website for your brain is the one that works for you.

Find the one that challenges you without increasing your stress, keeps you engaged and gives you enjoyment.

With the right apps and websites, technology can be your brain and heart exercise partner.

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