Preventing Memory Problems
Studies suggest that taking the following steps may reduce the risk for developing memory problems:
- Wear seat belts, helmets, and other safety restraints when appropriate to prevent head injuries.
- Contact a medical professional immediately if you suspect stroke, brain aneurysm, or brain infection.
- Do not smoke.
- Do not abuse alcohol or drugs.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., salmon, tuna).
- Follow physician recommendations for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly.
- Do mind-challenging activities (e.g., crossword puzzles, language learning).
- Maintain contact with friends and join groups that interest you. Social interaction can reduce stress and help alleviate depression.