Updated: 4:23 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012 | Posted: 4:22 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012
By Cindy Kranz
There are several things boomers can do about age-related memory changes:
Tend to your physical health. Exercise, don’t smoke or use illicit substances, drink in moderation and have a good diet. See your primary-care doctor regularly to help you manage issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. All of those things reduce your risk of stroke, which is key to preserving your memory and mental abilities.
Protect your head from injuries, such as from falls.
Manage stress and treat depression and anxiety, because those conditions can cause memory changes.
Stay mentally active. Learn new things.
Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep and treating sleep problems.
Take care of vision and hearing problems.
Have an organized routine in which you do things in a consistent way. Keep your keys, purses and cellphones in a designated place in the home .
Use aids such as a shopping list, a to-do list, a calendar and reminder signs in prominent places. Use a dispenser with compartments for each day of the week for medications and a timer while you cook to compensate for memory changes.
Source: Dr. George Jewell, neuropsychologist at Cincinnati’s Drake Center