1. Use it or lose it. Exercise your memory by repeating, rehearsing and practicing names, dates, stories, and other information you want to remember.
2. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and avoid alcohol and smoking.
3. Listen attentively. Search for key ideas, ask questions, picture what you want to remember, and restate the speaker’s message in your own words.
4. Feed your Brain. Get the right nutrition for memory health. Ginkgo extract, Huperzine A and Phosphatidylserine have been shown to support memory health.
5. Remove your memory blocks. Memory diminishes when you are anxious, depressed, tense, or rushed.
6. Take your mind off "cruise-control". Replace brain-numbing activities like watching TV with stimulating activities such as reading, talking with friends, and doing puzzles and games.
7. Memory-saving devices. Leave yourself messages on your answering machine or voice mail. Use a calendar or organizer, sticky notes, to-do lists, etc.
Women's lives are filled to the brim. In addition to taking care of ourselves, many of us take care of families too. Then just when the kids go out on their own, we become responsible for the special needs of aging parents.
So how can we busy women make time for our own health and fitness? Fortunately, it's the type of multi-tasking juggling act that women are especially good at!
The reluctance of men to ask directions on the highway is legendary. We appear to have the same reluctance when it comes to asking directions about our health. Men, in general, are less likely than women to visit the doctor for a regular check-up.
As a medical doctor myself, I know the importance of improving and maintaining your health as you age.