Wellness Pathway #146: Remember When

There was a time when people thought that the human brain would always and inevitably lose capacity as a part of aging. After childhood and adolescence, when the brain is developing in quantum leaps and bounds, the brain was thought to more or less shrivel and die. Now scientists are not so sure. Nutrition, exercise, and cognitive stimulation have been shown to stop or slow age-related memory loss. Here’s what you can do to stay as sharp as possible.

One, eat a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. You can get the former from fatty fish, such as salmon and sardines, and from flax seeds. You can get the latter from blueberries and other dark-pigment fruits and vegetables. Two, get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, such as walking, running, bicycle riding, or swimming. And three, stay mentally active and challenged. Doing puzzles, discussing problems, and recalling memories are good ways to keep your brain engaged. Right now my 89-year-old uncle is in town for a visit. He is constantly peppering conversations with the question, “Do you remember when�?” That wonderful habit is part of what keeps him so sharp.

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