When we’re younger we often worry about looking young. As we enter our 30s, we start to think about anti-aging skin care regimes in the hope of keeping our skin youthful and line-free for as long as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t often give the same care and attention to our minds. We typically assume that our minds will stay young while we do, and that we won’t experience any cognitive decline until we are much older. We also assume that if we are going to get dementia then there’s nothing that we can do to prevent it.
But most of us start to experience the occasional memory loss much earlier than we might expect. The good news is, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your mind young, and even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Don’t Ignore Problems
We all experience occasional memory loss. We forget names, struggle to find the right word, or forget where we’ve put something. It’s nothing to worry about unless you notice it happening more frequently, or you are starting to forget more important things.
If you are worried, don’t ignore your symptoms and hope for the best. Instead, talk to your doctor, and look for an Alzheimer’s disease quiz or assessment. This Alzheimer’s disease quiz from Belmont Village Senior Living can help you to understand where you are and offer you plenty of advice and support.
The most effective way to keep your mind young is to use it and to use it in new and different ways. Keep challenging your mind by constantly learning new things. This could mean reading books, watching different genres, listening to podcasts, trying new hobbies, learning a new language, and even visiting new places. Anything that you don’t usually do will push your mind in a new way.
Spend Time with Younger People
The world changes very quickly. Society changes, technology advances, laws change, and it can be easy to feel as though you’ve been left behind. Keep up, keep your mind open, and learn more about the modern world by spending time with younger people.
Enjoy Lively Conversation
Talking to people about different topics, debating, and speaking to different people are all fantastic ways to engage your mind and keep it young, alert, and open.
What you eat can affect all elements of your health, your mind included. To keep our minds young we should eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are often found in fish and oils, and foods that decrease inflammation such as berries, leafy greens, and oatmeal.
Exercise Every Day
Exercise is so good for you. While the main benefits we hear about are for our physical health and fitness and our mood, it can also keep your mind young.
Exercising boosts your heart rate and circulation. This can send more blood to your brain and help it to make new cellular connections, keeping it young and slowing aging. Even short amounts of exercise can boost your memory, your focus, and your problem-solving skills.
Living mindfully, and thinking about how food, drink, exercise, and other activities will affect your brain are often the best ways to care for it.