Everyone’s heard the old joke, “there are three signs of old age: loss of memory…oh no, I forgot the other two.” Even if that little quip made you laugh, you don’t have to buy into the idea of resigning yourself to forgetting as you grow older…
While there is definitely evidence that memory lapses tend to increase with age, as we learn more and more about the brain, there are many ways to combat memory loss. Although for many years, medical experts assumed that memory loss and old age went hand in hand, extensive brain research has uncovered new insights into the matter—“gray matter” that is—with many new discoveries that are actually very encouraging!
For instance, when mental exercises and cognitive test methods were applied regularly to seniors, the hovering danger of memory loss was averted. Engaging in healthy social interaction also ranked high in memory enhancement studies. In addition, diet seems to play a much larger role than first thought in enhancing memory.
Here at Home Care Advantage, our in-home elderly caregivers make it our mission to not only serve seniors by attending to their physical needs, but by providing encouragement on how to improve healthy mental and emotional care as well.
We’d like to offer some great tips on how seniors can may improve their memory, enhance their brain’s functionality and preserve memories:
TIP #1: Nutrition – a nutritious diet can do wonders for the overall health of seniors and certain foods have been known to improve memory as well.
Medical professionals claim not only seniors, but people of all ages need to ensure we work on building up our ongoing brain development with healthy fats. Did you know that the majority of the cell structure in the brain consists of healthy fats, including the most important healthy fats, called Omega-3 fatty acids? As the brain continues to grow new neurons and repair the old, it needs a lot of Omega 3’s to be consumed to support that process!
Here’s a short list of some of the best whole food sources to get your Omega-3’s from, in order of importance:
- Albacore tuna
- Flax seed oil
- Wheat germ
- If that sounds a little too fishy to be true, check out what many medical professionals have discovered around the world. http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/578-omega-3-fatty-acids-improve-cognitive-function
Alrighty then, enough food for thought on improving your memory…I think it may be time for lunch now…fish anyone?
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