Here at the Garrison Institute on Aging Brain Bank, losing the car keys is one of the most common concerns as we age. I tell my patients not to worry but to start taking care of their brain for the long-term. Here are some brain boosters. How many of them are you doing?
First, the basics: Eat a balanced diet. Drink lots of water. Sleep well, exercise regularly. Don't smoke (it hurts blood flow to the brain). Limit alcohol, over-the-counter drugs and other mind-altering substances.
There are mental exercises you can do:
Interact with people, play games, and talk. Take up hobbies that require thought. Work for information: Read the paper before you watch the news. Read the book before seeing the movie.
Dr. Bradley Miller, a Neuropathologist, at Texas Tech, says if you're already concerned about memory loss, remember there could be a logical explanation: "Drugs that they have been taking without any problem can start to show problems of dementia, and because they haven't had any problem before, people are fooled into thinking this is dementia coming on in an older person when really it's just a build-up of the drug in a person who is having more trouble getting rid of it."
For many, here's what you can do to "fix" memory loss:
So, add some brain boosters to your daily routine and maybe you'll never lose your car keys again.
From the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell and this is the President's Prescription.