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Eight Ways To Boost Memory Functions

Eight Ways To Boost Memory Functions

The Skinny

Some memory loss is inevitable as people age. Even for those not confronting the devastating implications of Alzheimer’s or other forms of severe cognitive decline, memory deteriorates as the years progress. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are lots of ways to help keep memories sharp. Engagement is the key. Better yet, these memory-boosting techniques are easy to undertake and enjoyable. WellWell has put together a shortlist. So why is anyone waiting to get started? 

The Slate

Jigsaw Puzzles 

Diving into a jigsaw puzzle is a way to activate different cognitive abilities, while also protecting against visuospatial cognitive aging. The reason? Putting together a jigsaw puzzle requires looking at lots of different pieces and figuring out where they fit.

 

Playing Video Games 

Score one for playing somewhat maligned video games. It can be a great way to work out the brain, build gray matter and boost interior connections. In case anyone is wondering, gray matter is associated with muscle control, memories, perception and spatial navigation.

 

Playing An Instrument 

Play away. It helps to build verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills.

 

Learning A Second Language 

One study suggests that being bilingual helps older adults support episodic memory, especially compared to those individuals with only one spoken language. And the longer a person is bilingual, the better.  

 

Use Chopsticks 

Chopsticks? Yes, using chopsticks is a great way to work out the brain and support memory function. This is especially true for those who have never used them. As a bonus, chopstick use not only support memory functions, it builds coordination at any age

 

Build Your Vocabulary 

Words, lots of them, matter, A strong vocabulary not only makes someone sound smarter, but it also supports brain and memory function as a result of the visual and auditory actions needed to support a healthy vocabulary.  

 

Meditate 

Chilling through regular meditation has been recognized for centuries for its calming effect on those practicing. It can also do the brain a world of good by boosting its ability to process information, sharpen concentration and, yes, keep memory functions running smoothly.  

 

Exercise 

No one is going to argue against the physical benefits of exercise. But regular workouts can also increase the brain’s cognitive function. One reason is that it helps offset neurological damage. One bit of research noted that individuals who took decent walks at least three times a week had a 35 percent lower risk of dementia than those who didn’t.

Eyes Up 

Do you have brain-building, memory-supporting activities? Let us know at info@wellwellusa.com.

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