Forgetfulness and issues with memory are common complaints among seniors. Not being able to remember past events or experiencing short-term memory loss is all too familiar as we get older. However, there are lifestyle changes that you can make to help improve your memory at any age. Here are some helpful ways to keep your brain healthy:
Getting out and moving is a great way to boost your memory. Studies have shown that when people exercise, blood flow increases to the brain and helps it to function better. Toxins can be eliminated, by the increased flow of blood, and can be cycled out of the body through the liver and kidneys.
Eating a protein-rich, antioxidant diet can be beneficial to seniors who are starting to experience memory issues.
Some foods that are considered brain boosters are:
The Greens at Greenwich provides a regular program of creative arts therapies and activities to engage the brain in active and meaningful ways. Creative arts therapies improve and enhance the physical as well as the emotional well being of residents through drama, dance, art and music. Brain exercises, such as crossword puzzles, word searches and games are also great ways to exercise and engage the brain.
A night of good, sound sleep is underrated. The brain needs sleep to rest, sort out the events of the day, and retain memories. Many things can interrupt sleep, which can take its toll on the brain. Pain, an old mattress, and sleep apnea can all make getting a good night sleep challenging.
Stress is one of the worse things for good brain health. When we are stressed out, we cannot sleep well, we don’t eat right, and our bodies react in unusual ways. By eliminating stress from our lives, we can improve the health of our brains.
Spending quality time with friends and family is a great memory booster. Not only does talking about past events help to retain our memory, but it also helps to create new ones.
The Greens at Greenwich provides a safe environment for people diagnosed with any forms of memory impairment. The entire staff, including the chef, is trained to help older people who have memory issues or dementia. Each resident has an individualized care plan that provides an environment where s/he can discover new ways to celebrate the gift of life every day.