As we age, monitoring our cognitive health becomes increasingly important. There are several steps that you can take to help keep your memory sharp throughout your life.

Sleep well. Most adults need 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Your brain processes and stores memories while you sleep, so a good night’s sleep is crucial for keeping your memory sharp!

Exercise. Exercising increases the amount of oxygen to the brain. This can reduce the risk for conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. Aerobic exercise and activities that require hand-eye coordination or complex motor skills are great for brain building.

Eat healthy foods. A healthy diet helps improve the overall health of a person, including maintaining a good memory. Omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in certain fish and legumes are great for brain health. Limiting saturated fats and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can also help improve concentration and memory.

Activate your mind. Challenge yourself to learn new things! This can range from photography to a new language. Participating in these types of activities can also improve social health by interacting with others.

Stay connected. Interacting with others helps people feel less isolated and can keep the brain active. Social activities can lower the risk of health problems and can improve overall well-being.

Sources: National Institute on Aging, Helpguide.org. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.