Forgetful? Fix it!

url6 steps to a stronger memory!

Source from AARP The Magazine

  1. Learn something. Stimulating the brain helps it develop a resilience that allows us to fight off diseases, says Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph. D., an adjunct professor of neurological surgery who has worked with AARP on its brain health program.
  2. Sleep. Getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night can raise the risk of stroke.
  3. Eat right. More than half of your plate should be filled with green, leafy vegetables. Get plenty of fish, nuts, and olive oil; avoid refined carbs. A 2009 Columbia University study found that this kind of diet may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Challenge yourself. “The number one memory complaint people have is that they’re bad with names,” says neurologist Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph. D. His prescription: Memorize three names a day.
  5. Walk with a friend. Psychiatrist Gary Small, M.D., calls this a triple threat against Alzheimer’s: It gives you a cardiovascular workout, stress-relieving social interaction and mentally stimulating conversation.
  6. Meditate. A quick calm-me-down: Inhale for a count of seven, hold for a count of seven, exhale for a count of seven. Repeat seven times.