Keeping Your Mind Sharp

September 15, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Uptown HC

Keeping our minds sharp is crucial for ensuring that we stay on top of things as much as possible. Below are some tips for keeping our minds sharp at any age.

  • Control problems such as high cholesterol and blood pressure as much as possible. These conditions may contribute to certain types of dementia.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Diets low in saturated fats and full of vegetables can help with problems such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, which in turn may help lower the chances of dementia.
  • Exercise. Exercise helps maintain blood flow to the brain and helps with issues such as high blood pressure. According to studies, exercise in and of itself, helps lower the chance of dementia (Iso-Markuu, et al).
  • Keep learning. Our brains behave like muscles. When we don’t use them, they get weaker. Learning new skills helps engage our brains. Activities such as puzzle solving and reading engage our minds as well.
  • Reinforce your memory. Whenever you want to remember something you’ve just heard or learned, say it out loud or write it down. These actions will help reinforce your memory connection to that knowledge.
  • Use mnemonic devices as shortcuts. Mnemonic refers to patterns designed to aid in memory. The mnemonics can come in the form of acronyms or sentences. They can be great tools to jog memories.

Our minds are very important to us. Taking care of them is crucial for long term health and happiness.

Source: Iso-Markuu P, et al. “Physical activity and dementia: long-term follow up study of adult twins” Annals of Medicine. Vol 47 Issue 2 pp. 81-87

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