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Memory Spring Monthly

Work on Your Balance to Improve Your Memory


Balance by Rosmarie Voegtli

Balance is a vital skill and a core component of everyday life. Merriam-Webster defines it as your ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling. Some of us have excellent balance, while some of us struggle with it. But did you know that working on your balance can improve brain function and memory?
 
In fact, those with the best balance are three times less likely to develop dementia, according to a University of Washington study. Another study showed that when balance training was incorporated into the exercise programs of elderly women with complaints of memory problems and confusion, their cognitive function improved significantly.
 

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Use Neurobics to Help Your Memory and Brain Health

Olfactory Factory by Sam Felder

Over the past few years it’s become common knowledge that keeping your brain challenged is vital to the preservation of your memory and brain health. People play brain games, do crosswords, Sudoku, and other endeavors to help their memory. While they’re all great ways to help, did you know that there is a set of exercises that you can do that can have a positive impact on your memory and brain health? The exercises are are called Neurobics.
 
The term “Neurobics” was first coined by Lawrence Katz, Ph.D. in 1998. Neurobics is a system designed to help keep your brain fit and flexible as you age.  Neurobics are based on the theory that by presenting your brain with unusual and/or unexpected experiences using various combinations of physical senses (taste, touch, smell, sound, sight, etc.) and emotional sense, it creates more connections between brain cells and the production of neotrophins that help promote the development of nerve cell dendrites.   And make the surrounding cells stronger.  
 

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Socialize More to Improve Your Memory

Socializing 1 by Horst Gutman

Do you socialize enough for your brain? There’s an increasing amount of data that shows that expanding your social calendar helps your memory. As a matter of fact, there’s data that shows that increased socialization can slow the progression of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.
 
According to the Journal of Aging Research, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple over the next forty years.  Based upon their research, there are three non-pharmacological strategies to influence brain cognition, general functioning, and overall quality of life. These are: physical exercise, intellectual stimulation, and social interaction.
 

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Eat Dark Chocolate to Improve Your Memory

Dark Chocolate by Lee McCoy

February is the month of love. And very few gifts are more satisfying than chocolate. But did you know that dark chocolate is good for your brain? Most people have heard that it's good for your heart, however, research has has also revealed that it improves memory and brain function.

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and contains several natural stimulants that increase the production of endorphins while enhancing focus and concentration. Endorphins bind with opiate receptors in the brain leading to feelings of euphoria, like the kind joggers get from “runner’s high.” They also reduce pain and diminish the negative effects of stress.

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