You probably already know that eating well and exercising regularly are keys to a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that these activities can also boost your memory? Seniors and non-seniors alike are always looking for ways to ward off memory loss, and studies have shown that both diet and exercise can do wonders for your memory.
Here at Advancare, our in-home senior caregivers know how to boost memory in old age with diet and exercise. As part of our senior caregiving services, we prepare healthy meals and provide caring companionship, which includes helping with exercise and going on walks. Here is why diet and exercise are so important to memory, as well as ways you can improve your diet and exercise routine.
Boost Your Memory by Eating Right
Some studies show a correlation between a healthy diet and memory retention. For instance, steak and other red meats have a high amount of LED cholesterol and trans fats. For a long time, we’ve known that these substances are bad for your heart, but now there is growing evidence that they are bad for your memory. A study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed that women who ate the most saturated fats in the group performed worse on tests of thinking and memory than women who ate the lowest amount of these fats.
Additionally, it has been found that the buildup of cholesterol plaque in brain blood vessels can damage brain tissue, either through small blockages that cause silent strokes or a larger stroke.
Instead of eating fatty foods high in cholesterol, consider these alternatives:
- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil improve the health of blood vessels
- Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Limit alcohol consumption
Exercise Boosts Memory and Thinking Skills
You already know that exercise is good for your body and muscles, and now there is growing evidence that moderate exercise can help improve thinking and memory in just six months. Exercise boosts your memory and thinking skills both directly and indirectly. It acts on the body by stimulating physiological changes such as reductions in insulin resistance and inflammation, in addition to encouraging the production of healthy chemicals.
There have also been studies to suggest that parts of the brain that control thinking and memory are larger in volume in people who exercise than people who don’t. Even beginning a moderate exercise regimen for six months can make a difference in memory.
Here are some ideas for exercises that seniors can do:
- A brisk walk around the neighborhood or park
- Simple routines with free weights
Senior Care in the Greater Miami-Dade Area
If you think your senior loved one needs more exercise and a change to their diet, hiring an in-home senior caregiver from Advancare can make a world of difference. To learn more about our services, contact our company at 305-441-9794.