- Helpful Nutrition. A diet rich in “good” fats such as those found in nuts, olive oil and avocados is key. In essence, try to follow the Mediterranean diet.
- Mental Engagement. Reading the newspaper, working on crossword puzzles or learning new languages can lengthen the life of new brain cells by keeping them active and engaged!
- Social Engagement. Socializing can produce positive results in the brain and are particularly beneficial in-person so that non-verbal cues can be interpreted.
- Physical Activity. Research shows that exercise that works the heart and lungs simultaneously may help the memory, planning and judgment zones of the brain.
- Sensory Stimulation. Interestingly, our five physical senses tie into how our brain processes memories.
- For auditory stimulation, eliminate distractive noises when speaking. Play soothing music for relaxation.
- For visual stimulation, rely on photographs illustrating memorable people and experiences.
- For olfactory stimulation, experiment with fragrant flowers or plants and cook foods with recognizable scents. Aromatherapy diffusers may be helpful as well.
- For taste stimulation, experiment with complementary or contrasting ingredients in recipes to increase impressions.
- For tactile stimulation, have soft and cozy blankets or sweaters on hand. When appropriate, consider light touches to communicate positive feelings.
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