As we age, it’s common to struggle to remember facts, people’s name, or what you’re doing next. Memory lapses like these become prevalent as time goes on. However, there are simple tasks you can do that will help improve your memory, especially during June, which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!
Focus on one task at a time
Whether it’s reading the newspaper or watching television, focus on just that! When we get older our attention span becomes even shorter. That’s why it’s even more important to take extra time to concentrate on one action at a time and put aside all other distractions around you.
Get proper sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep is vital. Not doing so can negatively impact you both mentally and physically. Having a good night’s sleep will improve your brain function and keep your memory sharp.
Eating well nourishes your body and your brain. With the help of your physician or a dietician, establish a balanced diet. It’s important to ask the advice of a professional and get a diet that is tailored to your specific needs or body type. Once you begin a healthier diet, you will notice how your thought process clears and memory improves. All residents at O’Neill Healthcare have their diets reviewed by a dietitian and physician to ensure that they receive proper nutrients throughout the day!
Keep the mind active
Partake in activities that keep the mind active. This can be simple, like having a daily conversation with your friend or caregiver, crossword puzzles, reading, journaling, and watching a movie. Want to do more? Try to memorize a new list or a phrase every day! All these activities, which can help you to better recall people, places, and things, keep your mind moving and benefit your cognitive health both short and long term.
You have heard it over and over: a healthy body, a healthy brain. If regular exercise is outside your habits, start with a short walk every day! This can be down the hallway or outside in the fresh air. If you have friends nearby, meet up with them to walk. Then you can walk and chat, two ways to improve your memory. Keeping your body active will keep your brain active too.
Studies have shown that memory can be improved in older adults. However, someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will be affected no matter how hard one tries to improve their memory. This can be frustrating for you and loved ones. It’s important to not let this overwhelm you, so take it one step at a time! Remember to celebrate the small wins and the good times as often as you can. For more help and information, visit our website.