Tips for a Healthy, Aging Brain: Optimal Brain Function and Memory

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Aging Brain Tips: How to Improve Memory and Optimize Brain Function

Changes in memory are normal with age. It can  become difficult to focus on more than one thing, to retain – or quickly recall – information. We may begin to forget names, or misplace various items. Such changes can instill panic, but what many do not realize is that training, practice, and a proactive attitude can greatly improve brain function and memory.

First,  consider making physical activity a priority. Staying active not only helps cognitive function, it also lessens risk of arthritis, heart and lung disease, cancer, diabetes, the list goes on! Studies have shown that fitness is particularly beneficial for aging women: resistance and strength training 1-2 times per week can improve attention, conflict resolution skills, comprehension, retention and focus (not to mention improved muscular function and bone density!) Here are some great guidelines from the CDC.

Exercise your brain! Studies show that one hour per day of intensive brain exercise can improve memory. Programs like the Posit Brain Fitness program (featured by the New York Times, Scientific American, NPR, TIME Magazine, and AARP Bulletin) claim to help strengthen a wide range of cognitive tasks, as well as the speed and accuracy of information processing. Brain Fitness participants report that  it has dramatically improved their cognitive ability and daily lives.

Keep a record of what types of things you’re forgetting. Consult with friends and family to see what changes they may be noticing. Then, consider other contributing factors (stress, depression, recent loss or new medications). Share this information with your doctor to help him/her make recommendations.

Other easy ways to optimize brain function:

  • Avoid multi-tasking!
  • Focus on what you really want to remember – much of what we call “forgetting” is actually lack of attention.
  • Give yourself time – it can take a few more moments to recall details.
  • Cut out distractions – when you need to focus, do so in a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Get organized! Live by the old adage: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This will help reduce frustration when you need to track down something specific.
  • Try narrating your actions aloud when performing important tasks. As you leave the house, say: “I have just locked the front door,” or “I am turning off the coffeepot.” This is a simple but extremely effective way of remembering details and eliminating undue stress.

No matter what, remember to look on the bright side: there are many steps you can take to increase memory and brain function. And remember, life experience produces a rich, holistic intelligence that nothing can diminish.


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2 Responses to “Tips for a Healthy, Aging Brain: Optimal Brain Function and Memory”

  1. Hi Joy, I love all of your posts. To this one I would also add taking Juiceplus Vineyard Blend. A wonderful whole food capsule that increases blood supply to the brain & other areas, heart, etc. as shown in a 3rd party peer reviewed study. It has helped my memory a GREAT deal! Check out my website for more details. Thanks, Darline

    • Connie says:

      Hi Darline, I am so glad you enjoy the posts! Thank you so much for the additional recommendation. I know Juiceplus is a great product. I have a friend who represents them. What is your website?

      I wish you deep joy! Connie

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