Studies have shown that you can help prevent cognitive decline with some basic good health habits:
- Keep learning
Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active. Pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, volunteering or mentoring are additional ways to keep your mind sharp.
- Use all your senses
The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain that will be involved in retaining the memory.
- Prioritize your brain use
If you don’t need to use mental energy remembering where you laid your keys or the time of your granddaughter’s birthday party, you’ll be better able to concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things.
Take advantage of smartphone reminders, calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible.