Memory loss is a common fear among seniors. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, you begin to lose brain cells in your 20s and your body also starts to make less of the chemicals your brain cells need to work. The older you are, the more these changes can affect your memory. Here are a few tips for maintaining a good memory:
- Eat well and drink plenty of fluids.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Minimize your use of medications.
- Get help if you are depressed.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Develop a positive attitude about your memory.
With the help of a care provider there are ways to treat memory loss such as dealing with reversible causes of memory loss, treating acute illnesses, managing chronic problems with any major organ system, having your hearing or vision tested, and getting help with depression. You care provider may also be able to suggest some techniques for improving your memory.