Everyone suffers some memory loss throughout their lives and this is not necessarily bad. Some theories say that forgetting is the brain’s way of clearing out unnecessary memories to simplify the pathways for newer or more important memories. But other forms of memory loss may be of greater concern.
Memory loss that gets worse over time or disrupts daily life may have an underlying medical cause. While some causes of memory loss can be addressed, such as memory loss due to medications, alcohol use, head injury, or stress, other causes of memory loss, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, cannot be addressed. However, even in cases of dementia, research has suggested that memory loss may be slowed while in memory care. Here are five activities that may slow memory loss:
Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and olive oil can reduce the risk of memory loss by up to 20%. Other studies have shown that diets high in saturated fats and trans fats can lead to poor memory. Additionally, foods rich in unsaturated fats, such as fish, olive oil, and nuts, reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. These reports serve to show that eating healthy is not just good for the body: it can be an essential part of memory care.
Regular exercise releases growth factors in the brain which affect the health of brain cells and the blood vessels feeding the brain. Moreover, exercise reduces stress and anxiety, which can impair memory. Some studies have even shown that the parts of the brain responsible for thinking and memory are larger in people who exercise than people who do not. According to various researchers, these benefits can come in as little as 15 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Getting active is just one way you can promote bodily and mental health.
Everyone has had the experience of pulling an all-nighter only to find that his or her memory was fuzzy the next day. Studies show that attention, concentration, and mental function are improved with restful sleep. It is also logical that restful sleep would help with memory, since memories are encoded and consolidated during sleep. Significantly, sleep not only helps with new memories, but good sleep is also associated with improved long term memory recall. Thus, a memory care home that allows residents restful sleep can help slow memory loss.
Studies have also expressed that socializing has a positive effect on memory. In fact, some studies go so far as to say that socializing is key to preserving memory and slowing memory loss caused by dementia.
Interestingly, the quantity and quality of a person’s social network can both have an effect on memory. Similar research has also shown that people with larger social networks are less likely to suffer memory loss. There are a number of theories about why this occurs. Having a social network tends to improve mood, reduce the likelihood of depression, and encourage healthy behaviors, including exercise and a healthy diet. Whatever the reason, memory care in homes with other nursing home residents would tend to improve the opportunities for socializing and its benefits.
Activities, such as reading, playing games, and solving puzzles exercise the brain, thus reducing the effects of memory loss. Again, this may arise partly because reading, playing games, and solving puzzles improve mood. In fact, retirees are happiest when they engage in three to four activities regularly, according to a survey in 2015. However, there appear to be real memory benefits to activities that exercise the brain. This, in part, is because brain-challenging tasks such as reading, writing, and solving puzzles reduces the buildup of the toxic protein that forms brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients. Thus, memory care homes with brain-challenging activities can assist in slowing the progression of memory loss.
In summary, many aspects of healthy living. When you’re trying to live better and improve your memory, rely on the experience and care of Felicita Vida today.