Memory declines over the years as we age. For some it can be mild (being forgetful), but very severe for some others. The good news is that there are things we can all do to prevent, slow, or even reverse (!!) the memory decline. Studies suggest the key is adopting healthy lifestyle habits.
A large study found that there are six healthy lifestyle habits that were linked to a slower decline in cognitive decline (memory) in older adults followed for a decade. The more healthy habits, the slower the memory decline. The average age of participants was 72 years when the study started.
The six healthy lifestyle habits are a healthy diet, cognitive activity (use your brain!), regular physical exercise, not smoking, and and not drinking alcohol. Having a healthy diet (e.g., Mediterranean style diet) was the most important thing one can do, followed by cognitive activity (e.g., reading, writing, playing cards) and physical exercise or activity.
Excerpts from Medscape: Six Healthy Lifestyle Habits Linked to Slowed Memory Decline
Adhering to six healthy lifestyle behaviors is linked to slower memory decline in older adults, a large, population-based study suggests. ...continue reading "Six Lifestyle Habits Associated With Less Memory Decline In Older Adults"