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Active Brain, Healthy Brain

Are your ‘senior moments' becoming more frequent than not? Everyone has them…those times where you walk into the bedroom, but can't remember why…or you can't recall someone's name in a conversation. Lapses in memory can occur at any age, but when significant memory loss occurs among the elderly, it is not generally due to aging alone. Typically, it's more a result of organic disorders, brain injury or neurological illnesses.

Memory changes can be frustrating, but the good news is that there are various strategies we can use to protect and sharpen our minds to keep them active. Here are several you might try.

Keep Learning- a higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning as we age- it keeps the memory strong by getting you in the habit of staying mentally active. There are some great free options out there for seniors.

Believe in yourself- People who believe that they do not have any control of their memory are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills. As a result, they are more likely to experience cognitive decline. If you believe you can improve and you practice that belief regularly, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

Repetition is key- when you want to remember something you've recently heard or read, say it out loud or write it down. This reinforces the memory or connection.

You don't have to turn your life upside down or make extreme changes to keep your brain sharp and active!