Daily Health Tips update for August 31:
Absentmindedness, confusion, memory loss—it’s all just part of the aging process, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. People who exercise regularly, stay mentally active, socialize, get adequate sleep and eat a healthy diet can minimize memory loss.
Keeping focused is a big way to counteract those senior moments. Multitasking reduces your ability to retain memories, so if you get sidetracked, simply retrace your steps to get back on track. Before you speak, mentally review the events of the story you’re going to share. If you’re still worried about missing the main points, write them down. You might not need the paper to tip you off, but the act of writing can help cement the facts in your brain. Studies show that the more you talk or think about an experience, the better you will be at remembering the details that went along with it.
Adding memory-enhancing supplements to your daily regimen can also help. Ginkgo biloba, omega-3s, huperzine A, acetyl L-carnitine, vitamin E and panax ginseng have all shown promise to enhance memory.