As humans one of our defining features is our ability to store, retain and retrieve information. Our memories determine how we perceive the world around us and identify us as individuals. We go through life relying on these memories to work, build relationships and carry out our daily tasks.
As we get older, it’s common to forget things from time to time and to experience mild memory loss. It can be frustrating, but don’t worry, there are a few daily activities you can do to help improve your memory.
It might surprise you, but a lack of quality sleep is associated with poor memory retention. For years scientists and researchers have looked into how sleep affects memories and it’s believed that memories are preserved and discarded during sleep.
Therefore, if you aren’t getting enough sleep it could be negatively affecting your memory. According to the Sleep Health Foundation Australia sleep:
Eating a balanced, healthy diet low in refined sugar and saturated fat has always been the key to maintaining peak physical fitness, but do you know that it can also help with your cognitive abilities?
Some of the best things to eat to improve your memory as you age include:
Physical exercise isn’t only good for your body, it helps your mind too. Seniors who engage in physical activity. Aerobic exercise raises your heart rate and increases the blood flow to your brain. Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory and increases the connections between the nerve cells in the brain to improve memory.
Your physical muscles aren’t the only ones that need exercising, your brain needs a workout too.
Keeping your brain active as you age is essential and improves cognitive function and memory. When you challenge your mind and stimulate your brain it’s not only good for you, it keeps you busy and entertained.
Some great activities to improve memory retention for seniors include:
Mindfulness is about focussing on the present moment and is used in meditation. Practicing mindfulness in your everyday life can lower stress and improve concentration and memory. You can practice mindfulness by:
We place a strong focus on helping our residents stay as independent as possible.
At HillView Care we provide an engaging environment for our residents to connect with each other and keep their minds active through a range of activities and outings organised by our diversional therapists.
If you’d like to know more about our residential aged care and the activities available, or take a look around our Merrimac or Ashmore homes, book a tour or request a callback and we’ll be in touch soon!