Think Long Term
As we age, it’s normal to experience gradual cognitive decline. Symptoms include forgetfulness, slowed processing, and difficulty learning new information and focusing. But don’t worry. There are actions you can take now to maintain mental acuity and help slow mental decline.
- Eat A Healthy Diet: Eat fruits, veggies, plant oils, cold-water fatty fish, seeds, or try the Mediterranean Diet
- Get Moving: Exercise at least 150 minutes a week
- Stay Mentally Active: Stimulate your brain with books, games, new skills or hobbies
- Stay Social: Volunteer, join a book club, get a pet, and see friends and family
- Manage Stress: Journal, practice relaxation techniques and exercise
- Sleep Well: Get at least 7 consecutive hours of sleep per night. Have sleep apnea? See a doctor
- Don't Smoke: Smokers experience cognitive decline faster than non-smokers
- Limit Alcohol: Consuming too much alcohol may lead to changes in memory, emotions and coordination
- Avoid Head Injuries: Tape down throw rugs, wear low-heeled shoes, and keep an eye out for trip hazards
- Drink Green Tea: It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which may improve alertness and cognitive function.†
- Take Fish Oil: Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes and facilitate cell function.†
- Take B Vitamins: They help support nervous system function, brain function, red blood cell development, and cellular energy and dopamine production.†
- Try Essential Oils: Citrus, eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger, rosemary and sage oils may help increase alertness.†
- Make Coffee: Even the smell of coffee may improve attention, memory and alertness.
- Breathe Deeply: Practicing breathing techniques helps supply your brain and body with oxygen and other vital nutrients.
*Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.