Continual Learning May Improve Memory

Changes in memory can be a frustrating part of getting older. While many people are concerned their memory lapses are signs of Alzheimer’s, they are most likely due to normal changes in the structure and function of the brain. Of course, if you have any concerns it is always best to speak with your doctor. However, there is evidence that continual learning, may help improve your memory.

Similar to strengthening other parts of the body, continuous education is thought to help keep memory strong. Staying mentally engaged and continually challenging your brain is believed to stimulate processes that help maintain brain cells and the communication between them.

For many, work keeps them mentally engaged, but if you’re retired or find your job isn’t intellectually challenging enough, there are still things you can do. Reading is a great way to stimulate the mind, and may even be linked to a longer life. Similarly, games such as chess, sudoku, or crossword puzzles can be a fun way to strengthen your mind. The arts, such as music, painting, and design, also present an opportunity for mental engagement. Taking a course or joining a discussion group is another great way to engage the brain.

In addition to helping memory by exercising your brain, maintaining good health habits has also been shown to improve memory and reduce the risk of dementia. Staying physically active, getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, not smoking, limited alcohol consumption, and maintaining good social connections are ways to improve your overall health.

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