What are some tips I can use to improve my memory?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 28, 2016
G jiro asked...

I just turned 68 and I am starting with memory loss..what are some things to slow it down? I am active on the computer, but live alone in a rural area away from my family. I was working but am now out of work looking for a job...any suggestions to help or improve my memory???


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Dennis Fortier, MA, MBA, is the president and CEO of Medical Care Corporation, a neuroinformatics company that develops assessment technologies, enabling physicians to objectively evaluate memory and other cognitive functions in their patients. Fortier also authors the widely followed Brain Today blog, writing about advances in brain health, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.

There is a lot of press and a fair amount of hype in the area of improving memory. As such, your question is probably one that many others have on their minds.

Research on this topic, presented last week at the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference, was clear and consistent across multiple studies. According to an accumulation of evidence, then best approach to maintaining good cognitive health and a robust memory is to engage in daily physical exercise and to keep your cardio-vascular risks under control (blood pressure, cholesterol, weight). importantly, it seems that 30-45 minutes of activity per day is adequate, as long as you work hard enough to get a bit sweaty and out of breath.

Of course, the evidence in support of mental activity, especially learning new complex tasks like speaking foreign languages, playing instruments, and challenging yourself to assimilate new informatio is also important. This evidence is not as strong as that in favor of physical exercise, but it probably helps some and surely does not hurt.