Age Proof Your Memory

senior men and women riding bicyclesRecent studies show that midlife memory fading is really not about memory at all.  It is more about your ability to retrieve information and filter out unnecessary, irrelevant material.  Because there’s so much information bogging you down, it becomes difficult to shut off the noise long enough to remember what you want to remember. That makes you feel forgetful and susceptible to those numerous senior moments. 

There is hope, though, and here’s what you can do:

  • Try associating what you want to remember with a particular piece of instrumental music that you enjoy.  It seems that music triggers the feel good chemical, dopamine, which promotes a positive frame of mind for storing memories.
  • Sedentary lifestyles reduce your cognitive abilities and put you at a higher risk for depression, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  A lifestyle that includes aerobic exercise boosts brainpower, including your ability to pay attention to things and to process information.  Regular exercise, however, needs to be done for three years before your memory can reap the benefits.  So start now toward making your lifestyle changes.
  • Search the web.  Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the key centers in the brain involved in decision-making and complex reasoning light up, even more so, than when you read a book.  So, keep your mind alert and active by exploring the Internet and challenging your thinking skills.

No one wants to feel out of control or helpless to the aging process.  Therefore, you can control the spiral of brain decline by taking command of your life.    The brain wants to learn new things, so flex your brain neurons, avoid boredom and a sedentary lifestyle and strengthen your mind with exercise.

Written by: Amy Sherman, Mental Health Counselor

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About the Author

Amy Sherman, LMHC, is a Florida licensed mental health counselor in a private practice.  Amy is the author of the ebook’s Distress-Free Aging: A Boomer’s Guide to Creating a Fulfilled and Purposeful Life and The Joy of Optimism 10-Lesson eCourse. Visit www.yourbabyboomersnetwork.com to learn more about boomer issues and to receive a Special Report on Overcoming Adversity.

 

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