Maintain mental activity
Mental activity maintains the shape of the brain, just as physical activity does in the body, and these activities include: crossword puzzles, taking different routes when driving, learning to play musical instruments, volunteering at a local school or community organization, Here is a list of some of the exercises suggested by Dr. Morley to improve mental skills:
- Retrieval test: by making a list of the required groceries, or some tasks to be done, or any other list, and memorizing it, and after an hour, an attempt is made to retrieve and remember this list.
- Solving mathematical problems in the brain: Trying to solve mathematical problems without using a pen and paper, or a computer, and to make that more difficult, they can be solved while playing sports, such as walking, for example.
- Learn the art of cooking: Learning to cook requires the operation of a number of senses, namely smell, touch, sight, and taste, and each of these senses belongs to a different part of the brain.
- Draw a map in memory: When you return from visiting a new place, you draw a map of that area, and repeat this when you visit each new place.
Maintaining social relationships
Spending quality time with friends and loved ones is very important, as social interaction reduces depression and stress, which cause memory loss, and the need for these relationships increases if a person lives alone.
There are some supplements that can improve memory, but they require more study to prove their effect. These supplements include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Studies show that eating more fatty acids reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and this acid is found in walnuts, cold fish, and vegetable oils.
- Chinese club moss: This alga acts as a medicine for Alzheimer’s, but more evidence is needed to ensure its safety.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E does not reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but it hinders its development, and caution should be taken against taking this vitamin without consulting a doctor.
- ^ a b “Memory loss: 7 tips to improve your memory”, www.mayoclinic.org, Retrieved 11-14-2017. Edited.
- ↑ Linda Melone (16-4-2015), “10 Brain Exercises That Boost Memory”, www.everydayhealth.com, Retrieved 15-11-2017. Edited.
- ↑ Annie Stuart, “Fortifying Your Memory With Supplements”, www.webmd.com, Retrieved 11-14-2017. Edited.
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