A: Ever have a moment when you can’t recall a familiar name or forget why you entered a room? All of us at a certain age have had a “senior moment.” Here are five easy ways to help keep your mind sharp.
• Check vitamin deficiency. Older adults don’t always get the nutrients they need from food due to medications and declines in digestive acids. That can effect brain vitality, particularly a lack of B12.
• Relax. When you are relaxed it helps boost brain function. Also, your brain is able to remember information quicker and in more detail.
• Eat blueberries. They contain a compound called anthocyanins which helps boost communication between brain cells and help improve memory.
• Make plans. Studies have shown that people who regularly make future plans slash their risk of Alzheimer’s in half. It can be as simple as a weekly coffee date with a friend.
• Learn something new. Keep your brain stimulated and forming new communications cells by learning something new. Learn a new fact or word every day or take up a new hobby. This will help ward off the effects of mental aging and keep the brain sharp.