‘How to keep your memory stronger longer’ program

Arlene Albert of DeerBrook Care Center will present a program titled, “Keep Your Memory Stronger Longer” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood.
 
Forgetting where you placed your keys, the name of a person, or where you are going can happen at any age. Though memory lapses can be aggravating and occur at any age, it is more pressing among older adults.
 
Seniors with increasing memory lapses can raise concern and fear of possible diseases associated with memory loss including depression, dementia, Alzheimers, and physical injury.
 
Older seniors may take longer to learn and recall information simply because the mind is not as quick as it used to be. But in most cases, if the mind is exercised through simple daily routines memory loss can be halted as well as prevented.
 
Mayo Clinic suggests several tips to help prevent memory loss:
 
1.    Stay mentally active
 
Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and perhaps keep memory loss at bay. Do crossword puzzles. Read a section of the newspaper that you normally skip. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization.
 
2.    Socialize regularly
 
Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live alone. When you’re invited to share a meal or attend an event, go!
 
3.    Get organized
 
You’re more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner. You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement it in your memory. Keep to-do lists current, and check off items you’ve completed. Set aside a certain place for your wallet, keys and other essentials.
 
4.    Focus
 
Limit distractions, and don’t try to do too many things at once. If you focus on the information that you’re trying to remember, you’ll be more likely to recall it later. It might also help to connect what you’re trying to remember to a favorite song or another familiar concept.
 
5.    Eat a healthy diet
 
A heart-healthy diet may be as good for your brain as it is for your heart. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. What you drink counts, too. Not enough water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.
 
6.    Include physical activity in your daily routine
 
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This may help keep your memory sharp. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging) — preferably spread throughout the week. If you don’t have time for a full workout, squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day.
 
7.    Manage chronic conditions
 
Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can impact memory.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent living and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shelly Goggins at (815) 609-0669.

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