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.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 28 Dec 2008

Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015