5 Tips for Overcoming Memory Loss
There’s an old joke about memory loss being one of the first three signs of old age, but no one can remember the other two. Memory loss isn’t funny when you’re experiencing it. Although you may not be able to stop the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease on your memory, you can take steps to keep your brain healthy to remember more of what is important to you.
1. Participate in Aerobic Exercise
Harvard Health Publishing reports that “exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means.” Exercise stimulates the growth of new brain cells. It reduces inflammation and reduces insulin resistance. Regular exercise increases the ability to sleep, which improves cognitive function. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. You want to do something that gets your heart rate up and makes you break a sweat. Walking is highly recommended, but with so many forms of fitness, such as gardening, dancing, tennis, biking, swimming and more, you should be able to get active to help your heart and brain.