Why Did I Open the Fridge?

Robin Bush, ISR Communications

Do you walk into a room and wonder why you were there, or open the refrigerator to get something and have no idea what you were searching for? Have you forgotten what you had for dinner last night? Those answers may elude you today, yet it seems like just yesterday you could recite complete poems from grammar school or ace trivia games in college. While we may wonder where this is headed, there are a few things we can do to help ourselves through natural age-related memory loss.

We can use lifestyle tools to provide us with clues and make things easier when our memories have taken a lunch break.

  • Do you wear reading glasses? Get a few extra pairs and leave them around your house to find when you can’t find the ones on the top of your head! 
  • Install a hook with your car keys on it, so you don’t lose your keys.
  • Tape a checklist next to your door reminding you to turn off the heater, unplug the coffee pot or toaster, check you have your wallet, bring your shopping list, have medications you might need, etc.
  • Spend eight hours each week on brain-training games – even if they don’t help the ways the studies say they will, you’ll still have fun doing it.
  • Consider dietary changes. Many doctors recommend eating less sugar and refined carbohydrates, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding inflammatory foods.
  • Meditation and relaxation have been shown to increase grey matter in the brain.
  • Get your Vitamin D level checked. It’s hard to make enough Vitamin D given our climate, and it is considered important for memory support by many.

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