Tips to Avoid Memory Decline

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of memory loss and mental deterioration which usually starts in the sixth to seventh decades of life. When the memory goes, with it goes the delicate emotions of love and caring.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of memory loss and mental deterioration which usually starts in the sixth to seventh decades of life.

When the memory goes, with it go the delicate emotions of love and caring. Such a situation could cause intense emotional upheavals in the near and dear ones. The patients, “fortunately”, do not realize this, as they care less and less about their surroundings and withdraw altogether to a world of blank gloominess!

Mental deterioration is also seen with increasing age, known as senile dementia. This is caused by the normal ageing process whereby the blood vessels supplying the brain cells narrow down and there are repeated, small and often unrecognized cut off of blood supply (known as infarcts or strokes) to the brain cells. These also mimic Alzheimer’s and can also occur earlier if the patients suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, increased blood pressure, and stress.

Scientists have found proof that those people who continuously exercise their mind through various mental activities regenerate new neurons in the brain, thus reducing the chances of memory loss and decline in old age and before.

It is well known that during our life time we utilize only a small part of our brain cells. There are lots of inactive brain tissue and neuronal junctions out there just waiting for us to activate, nurture and develop!

Without spending a penny, you can keep your mental capabilities at top gear and postpone the development of senile or premature dementias as in Alzheimer’s.

Here are a few brain exercises (Neurobics(TM)) you can practice daily:Senior Activity

1. Use more than one of your senses in an everyday task:

Button your shirt and cuff links with your eyes closed.

In the shower, spread the foam on your body with eyes closed.

While eating use visual signals to communicate.

2. Combine two of your senses while doing a task:

Feel the fragrance of a flower, see the beauty of the flower and listen to music at the same time.

Close your eyes listen to the rain outside and run your fingers alongside the chair, table or your clothes and feel the texture of the wood and the textile.

Watch the scenery from the balcony and do clay modelling at the same time.

3. Alter the beaten path!

Take a new route to your office.

Brush your teeth with your opposite hand.

Shop at a new grocery.

Use a different hand on your mouse!

4. Reading, Chess, Sudoku and Crosswords

Reading, doing crossword puzzles or play Yahtzee, playing scrabble or chess etc are all very good brain neuronal stimulants.

A new hobby or learning a new language will also exercise your brain. Watch less TV though, instead of putting your mind in forward drive, your brain will go into neutral during the soaps.

Playing bingo has been found to bolster memory and improve hand eye coordination in the elderly.

5. Refresh yourself in the morning by a wake up call to the brain and the body.

Skin of our feet, soles, hands and palms have got millions of nerve endings and nerve pathways the muscles underneath. These nerve pathways are also in communication with most of your internal organs. Hence it is very essential to wake them up after a night’s restful sleep or after sitting or driving for a prolonged period of time.

Here is what you can do:

Before getting up from the bed, start moving your toes, especially the big toe. Flex them, extend them, stretch them and wriggle them.

Slowly rub and massage your toes up the other feet

Do the same with your fingers also

This activity will not only stimulate your brain and nerve pathways, it will also make you feel cool, refreshed and energetic to start the day on a positive note. It will also reduce early morning falls in the elderly as the muscles have got their grip even before getting up from the bed..

Keep your brain busy! It will not let you down

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