Taking care of your memory is vital as you age. I encourage all my senior patients to focus on their physical health to help stimulate their memory health. Stay Active. Forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s are closely linked to heart health. High blood pressure and diabetes can create a decline in cognitive health and increased risk of dementia. To counter this, adults 65 years and older should try to get 30 minutes a day of light or moderate exercise. After exercise, people immediately feel a change in thinking and judgment.
Get your Zzzzs.
During sleep the brain clears out the build-up of harmful toxins, including beta-amyloid protein, associated with Alzheimer’s disease. When we don’t get enough sleep, this clearance process may not occur effectively. With insomnia being the most common sleep problem in adults who are 60 and older, here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Set a regular sleep schedule. Develop a routine that includes relaxation before going to bed.
- Avoid electronic back-lit devices such as tablets and cell phones before sleep.
- Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature and try to avoid large meals before bedtime.
Exercise your brain.
Think of your brain as another important part of the body that needs regular exercise. Trying your hand at puzzles, card games or learning something new that interests you can have a positive effect on the brain.