Improve Your Memory with These Everyday Activities

Posted on November 11, 2016 · Posted in Grand Oaks

As society continues to live longer, memory-related disorders and diseases continue to plague our elderly. While this is concerning, there are several ways to improve memory skills that may help you long before any real memory issues arise.

Learn a Musical Instrument – Try your hand at one of the Grand Oaks pianos for a little musical engagement. When you challenge your brain with unfamiliar tasks, it is forced to adapt and absorb new knowledge. Learning an instrument and reading sheet music can be an intense workout for your brain and can help increase your capacity to remember new things.

Build on an Existing Skill – Once you’ve learned something, doing it at the same level over and over again doesn’t do anything to test your brain. Try taking a skill you are already good at and add a new, more stimulating element to it. For example, if you already know how to crochet a blanket, try crocheting a sweater or a hat that may involve a more difficult or complicated pattern.

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Get Your Heart Pumping – The heart and the brain are very closely related, therefore any exercise that gets the blood pumping is great for the brain. Try going for a long walk around the Grand Oaks premises once a day to increase your heartrate for an extended period of time.

Socialize with Friends – Regularly conversing and socializing with your peers can keep your brain sharp and your memory intact. Reminiscing about past times, storytelling and having discussions will engage your brain and help you recall important information. Check your calendar for events or scheduled opportunities to chat with friends.

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Play Word Games – Word games are great for mental stimulation. Scrabble, word searches, and crossword puzzles force you to recall words you may not normally use or encounter on a daily basis. It may even give you the opportunity to learn new words, which is especially rewarding for the brain. See your Grand Oaks activity calendar for upcoming word games.

Eat a Healthy Diet – Diet can be linked to both heart and brain health, and consequently plays an important role in the prevention of memory loss. Diets rich in fiber, i.e. fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have a multitude of benefits. Research conducted on diets rich in whole foods and low in processed foods have been shown to prevent a slew of health problems, including heart disease and memory loss.

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