Keeping your memory in the best shape
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
~The Story Girl, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Important: health warning
If you have concerns about memory loss or not being able to identify people or things you know, see your doctor. Early diagnosis can dramatically slow deterioration for many of the ageing diseases.
Activities to maintain your memory
These ideas are useful practices to slow normal ageing memory decline.
There is an old saying that goes ‘Use it or lose it’. Playing and learning is good. You could try to:
Play games which use strategy
Chess, bridge or Scrabble are good as are crosswords, word puzzles, or number puzzles such as Sudoku.
Read newspapers or magazines that challenge you
Choose journals where you don’t always agree with their editorial position. If you don’t like reading go to debates.
Get in the habit of learning new things
Games, recipes, driving routes, a musical instrument, a foreign language. Take a course in an unfamiliar subject that interests you.
Improve existing skills
If you already speak a foreign language, commit to improving your fluency. Or if you’re a keen golfer, aim to lower your handicap.
Whatever the project, a garden, a drawing or a holiday, the planning is a good brain exercise.
The next section looks at mental health & stress.
Healthy Active Ageing
This blog post is an excerpt from Healthy Active Ageing, a series of mini-guides that together cover most of what we can do as human beings to make the later stages of our lives as positive as they can be. If you complete the details below we’ll email you one of the guides every until you have the full set. You will know a lot of the information but there is nothing wrong with a reminder every now and then; and there may even be some information which is new to you.