We all walk into a room from time to time and forget why we’re there. Every one of us has occasionally forgotten the day of the week or missed an appointment because we completely forgot about it. But when does simple forgetfulness become something to be concerned about? We all walk into a room from time to time and forget why we’re there. Every one of us has occasionally forgotten the day of the week or missed an appointment because we completely forgot about it. But when does simple forgetfulness become something to be concerned about?

Although our minds change as we get older, and it becomes more likely that your memory will deteriorate to some extent, there are a few things you can do to slow the process. Keeping your mind “fit” and following a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference in how you age. Here are a few things you can do to counter the effect of aging on your memory:

1. Keep your cholesterol levels and blood pressure in check. These conditions can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, which are thought to contribute to the development of certain types of dementia.

2. Keep learning. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Read, play chess, learn to play a musical instrument or learn to paint.

3. Believe in yourself. Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

4. Use multiple senses. Exercise your brain by using two senses together. Sing along with the radio while you drive, listen to an audio-book while you cook or try to guess the ingredients of a dish someone else cooked just by relying on your sense of taste.

5. Declutter your brain. When your brain becomes overwhelmed with information, it can be very hard to focus. Practice mindfulness and rid your mind of unnecessary details – if you feel like you’re in control of your thoughts, your mind will be clearer.

If you have any tips, exercises or methods you use to keep your mind sharp, feel free to chat with us about it on our Facebook page. We would love to hear how you keep your mind “fit”.