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Caring for your Mental Self: Preventing Memory Loss

Updated on August 29, 2012

As we age memory loss seems inevitable. But it is truly not. Only one third of memory loss is genetic. The rest is up to us. There is a lot we can do to prevent memory loss! Brain exercises and eating the right foods can help us maintain a healthy brain.

Brain Facts

 Did you Know:

Your Brain uses 20 % of the total Oxygen pumping around in your body

Your brain consists of 100 billion neurons which is 166 times the number of people on the planet.

Your short term memory lets you remember as many as seven digits at a time, such as a phone number.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency  and thiamine diefinceiency  are recognized  cause of impaired cognition.

Brain Nutrition

 It is important to feed your brain all the good stuff it craves for memory retention.  Omega -3 oils, amino acids whole grains, viatmins E, C and B-12 are all necessary components to keeping your brain healthy.  A diet of salmon, tuna sardines and avocados and fresh coconut will provide plenty of Omega -3 oils.  A  diet of fruits  provides your brain with antioxidants and many necessary vitamins.

Tips for a Healthy Brain

To keep your brain fit you have to keep in shape yourself.  Getting regular exercise helps energize you and your brain!  Exercise doesn't have to be strenuous, and it definitely does have to be something you enjoy! 

Just as you exercise the muscles in your body, you have to exercise your brain!  No doubt you have heard the phrase use it or lose it!  This concept also applies to your brain! You have to  use your brain in order to keep it in tip top condition.

 Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Never stop learning!  Take a course, read a book or research it on line.  You are never too old to learn something new!
  • Listen to music. Preferabley listen to classical music to stimulate your brain.
  • Aromatherapy has been proven to stimulate the sense and your brain!  Lemon oil or peppermint are said to make  you more alert.
  • Memorize something.  whether it be  song a poem or just a phone number, the act of memorizing keeps your brain busy and healthy.
  • Find something to make yo laugh everyday.  Laughter is known cure for stress and can be great way to recharge your brain.

The Harvard Medical School also has some suggestions in preventing memory loss. Exercise is listed as the number one thing to do to keep yourself sharp. You don't have to run a marathon but it is helpful if you keep yourself active. Walk, or plant a garden. Use stairs instead of elevators!

Next on the Harvard list getting a good night's sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night. Do not exercise before bed as that can keep you up! Also avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Try to avoid taking medication to help you sleep as it can be addictive.

Harvard medical school also recommends to not smoke! Studies show individuals who smoke had a more difficult time remembering things then people who did not smoke. It is interesting to point out that smoking affects our lungs which in turn affects the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain.

Vitamins and supplements

Harvard Medical School states Vitamin E and C is good to take to improve your memory. They fight dementia and Alzheimer's disease!

Ginko Biloba is a commonly used supplement to increase memory. It increases the blood flow in small vessels.

Other supplements include Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Huperzine A, and ginseng. Gingseng is said to offer you energy.

Brain Exercises

 There is a lot of good resources out there for brain exercises. On the AARP website you will find many word puzzles such as Sudoku, Jumble, Trivia  and Word Search.  This link is listed below.  Also if you google the word brain exercises on your computer there are many websites that come up with exercises. Brain Metrix is a great website with lots to do! I tried the concentration game.  Let's just say I will have to revisit this site and work on my concentration skills!

Some of the previous information was taken right out the the book; Entering The Age of Elegance by Chloe Jon Paul. Chloe has accomplished a lot in her life and as she boasts most of her best life experiences happened after the age of fifty! If you liked her advice be sure to check out her book or check out her website.

What do you do to prevent memory loss?

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    • megni profile image


      6 years ago

      Ms Chevous,

      Thinking and giving your brain problems to solve activates the brain cells and keeps them from getting sluggish. And too, eating vegetables, fruits and nuts are all good sources of nutrition for the brain. Reading a daily newspaper and actually thinking about what you read helps.

      Of course being aware what is going on in your community is a good thing in its self but a bonus is the good it does to the brain.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Thank You Preethi!

      You are right Dao Hoa.. I will have to check out your hubs! Thanks for commenting!

    • Dao Hoa profile image

      Dao Hoa 

      8 years ago

      Great information! Yes, “There is a lot we can do to prevent memory loss! Brain exercises and eating the right foods can help us maintain a healthy brain.”

      I am worry about memory loss too. Therefore, did research about it and have lots of information. Right now, I also have a few hubs about keeping the brain healthy.

    • Preethi Anusha profile image

      Preethi Anusha 

      8 years ago from Hyderabad , India

      there is some grt info here .. thanks a lot Ms Chievous .. keep going :)

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Thanks for your comment Mama Sez! This hub seems to remeind everyone of what they have forgotten!

    • Mama Sez profile image

      Mama Sez 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Avocado is a family favorite. I used to do a lot of brain exercises when younger. Now, I only get to play Scrabble and Sudoku with my kids every once in a while. Maybe we should do that more often. Thanks for reminding me.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      Glad I could help Glenn!

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have the kind of diet and I take the vitamins you mentioned. But I sometimes forget to take the vitamins. Your hub reminded me. Thanks.

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wv

      LOL! Thanks Larry!

    • maven101 profile image


      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I was going to comment but I forgot what I was going to say....I'm heading for the store...they have a sale on avocados, 2 for a, where did I leave those darn car keys....

      Great Hub about something everyone over 50 should read...Thanks, Larry


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