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Five Tips for Keeping Our Memory Sharp as We Age

As we age, it's quite natural to experience some changes in our ability to remember things. But there's no need to worry! At Sacred Heart Senior Living, we believe that it's possible to sharpen your mind and boost your memory at any age. Here are five tried-and-true ways to improve your memory and keep your mind sharp, even as the years roll by. 

Step Up Your Exercise Game 

Physical activity is key to a healthy body and mind. Exercising regularly increases blood flow throughout your body, including your brain. This helps keep your memory sharp and your mind active. The U.S. Government suggests you try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Don't have time for a full workout? No problem! Short, 10-minute walks throughout the day can also make a world of difference. 

Keep Your Mind Active 

Just as physical activity benefits your body, mental exercises help keep your brain in shape. Engaging activities such as reading, solving crossword puzzles, learning a new instrument, or picking up a new hobby can help prevent memory loss. Volunteering in your community can also provide a much-needed cognitive boost. Whichever activity it is that you or your aging loved one chooses, make sure it’s one that really flexes those mental muscles for best results! 

Connect with Others 

We humans, we are social creatures, and regular interactions can help ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to connect with friends, family, or community members. If you or your loved one live alone, consider joining a local group to stay connected and active or looking into companionship service providers.  

Stay Organized 

A cluttered environment can lead to forgetfulness. Keep track of tasks, appointments, and other events in a notebook, calendar, or electronic planner. Keeping your surroundings tidy and your essential items in a set place at home can reduce stress, improve your memory and even stave off depression.  

Prioritize Good Sleep to Boost Memory 

Adequate, restful sleep is crucial for memory retention. Once again, Uncle Sam suggests adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Routines that promote good sleep hygiene can significantly improve your memory and overall brain health. If snoring or other sleep disturbances are disrupting your rest, be sure to seek medical attention. 

Tour Sacred Heart Senior Living Today 

Remember, it's never too late to start taking care of your memory and brain health. By adopting these five practices, it’s much easier to improve your memory, cognitive abilities and stay sharp as you age. If you’re reading this in hopes of helping your loved one stay sharp, walk them through this list of tips and remember to stay patient with them as they practice. 

At Sacred Heart Senior Living, your aging loved one’s mental and physical wellness is our priority — schedule your free tour of our Saucon Valley or Northampton facilities online today! 



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