Most of us assume that improving memory loss as we age is difficult, if not downright impossible. In fact, we fully expect our brains and our memories to decline in our later years.
However, the truth is that we can improve memory loss — and help our aging brains.
In this article, we’ll uncover how you can improve your memory loss – even reverse it – and see how your aging brain can actually get better with time.
So how can you improve memory loss and help your brain get better with age?
First, you must release the idea that being forgetful and having a slower mind is simply part of getting older. That just isn’t true.
Next, you must take a proactive approach to the strength and vitality of your brain.
According to Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., President and Medical Director of the non-profit Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation or ARPF: “Just as your body needs physical exercise, your brain needs mental exercise as well. You must make mental activity part of your regular exercise regimen”.
Brain aerobics are a specific example of vigorous mental exercise. And here’s some good news: brain aerobics reportedly reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 70 percent!
But what are brain aerobics? In order to be considered brain aerobics, an activity must:
1. Engage your attention
2. Involve more than one of your senses
3. Break a routine activity in an unexpected way
Brain aerobics improve your memory by regrowing brain cells, increasing the size of your brain and the number of brains cells you have.
Dr. Dharma says, “You can take it a step further by combining physical exercise with various brain aerobics. This is an innovative way to take advantage of the regenerative phenomenon of various brain aerobics”.
Here is Dr. Dharma’s weekly program that combines mental and physical exercise to improve memory loss. You can use these suggestions for the next four weeks to improve your memory loss and help your aging brain:
Start each day out with a crossword puzzle. Later, go for a nice walk and sing your favorite song. Volunteer some of your time.
Start each day with a brisker walk with a companion. While you walk, discuss current events and sing three of your favorite songs. Memorize shopping lists and shop by memory.
Week 3: Sing the national anthem as you jog. Do a jigsaw puzzle and spend a couple hours each day on a hobby. Read a book and discuss it with a friend.
Week 4: Read a book while riding an exercise bike. Discuss it with a friend while exercising. Work on learning something new, like using the computer, a foreign language or a musical instrument.
In just 4 weeks, you can easily improve your memory loss. According to Dr. Dharma and the ARPF, everyone should spend at least 20 minutes — three times a week — doing mental exercises.
These are simple and effective ways to make brain aerobics a regular part of your life. Using brain aerobics is a scientifically proven and fun way to strengthen your aging brain — improving memory loss.
For more free tips, suggestions and advice on brain aerobics and other memory building tools you can use to improve memory loss now, see the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation website at http://www.alzheimersprevention.org