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9 Tips to Protect Your Memory as You Age

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If you are eager to remember something, say it out loud or write it down. These actions will reinforce the memory.

6) Don't multitask

When you try to do multiple things at once, your brain is so busy shifting between the processing parts that it holds onto fewer details. Focus on just one task at a time and you’ll have a better memory of each one.

7) Prioritize your brain use

Don’t push your brain trying to remember everyday things. Use your brain to learn and remember new and important things.

To keep track of everyday information, use calendars and planners, lists and address books. Designate a permanent place for glasses, keys and other things you use often, advises Harvard Health.

8) Socialize regularly

Social interaction works against depression and stress, both of which can add to memory loss. Get together with loved ones, friends and others, especially if you live alone, Mayo Clinic recommends.

9) Sleep well

Sleep helps preserve our memories, allowing us to recall them in the future. Getting enough sleep — seven to nine hours a night — should be a priority.

Reviewed December 12, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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