Drink plenty of water.
This helps to prevent
dehydration, which can cause confusion and memory
problems. For more information, see the topic
Get plenty of rest. Being
tired can impair your memory.
Do not smoke or use other tobacco
products. Tobacco products decrease blood flow to the brain, raise blood
pressure, and increase your risk of stroke. For more information, see the topic
Regular exercise can improve the blood flow to your brain. For more
information, see the topic
Reduce your stress. Being anxious
can impair your memory. For more information, see the topic
Socialize with family
and friends. Research has shown that people who regularly get together with
family or friends are less likely to lose mental function. Socializing also
helps you stay connected with your community.
Try to learn new
things. This may help increase your attention span and ability to
Play stimulating mind games, such as Scrabble, or do a
crossword puzzle or word jumble.
Limit your alcohol intake, and do
not use illegal drugs such as cocaine, crack, or amphetamines. For more
information, see the topic
Alcohol and Drug Problems.
use of nonprescription medicines. Overuse of medicines may be the single
biggest cause of memory loss or confusion in older adults.
your blood pressure at or below 130/85 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Untreated high blood pressure can cause memory problems and affect
problem-solving abilities. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure,
take your medicines as directed. For more information, see the topic
High Blood Pressure.
depression if you think that you may be depressed.
Memory loss may be a symptom of depression. For more information, see the topic
Prevent accidents and injuries that might lead to memory
Wear your seat belt when you are traveling in a
Do not use alcohol or other drugs before
participating in sports or when operating an automobile or other
Wear a helmet and other protective clothing whenever you
are biking, motorcycling, skating, skate boarding, kayaking, horseback riding,
skiing, snowboarding, or rock climbing.
Wear a hard hat if you work
in a construction job or in an industrial area.
Do not dive into
shallow or unfamiliar water.
Prevent falls in your home by removing hazards that might cause a fall.
keep firearms in your home. If you must keep firearms, lock them up and store
them unloaded and uncocked. Lock ammunition in a separate area.
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November 14, 2014
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