Tips to keep your brain fit and memory sharp

HERE are a few tips for keeping your brain fit and memory sharp.

Avoid harmful substances: excessive drinking and drug abuse damages brain cells.

Manage any medical conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes affect your brain as well as your heart.

Challenge yourself: Reading widely, keeping mentally active and learning new skills strengthens brain connections and promotes new ones.

Trust yourself more: if people feel they have control over their lives, their brain chemistry actually improves.

Relax: tension may prolong a memory loss.

Make sure you get enough sleep regularly and eat a well-balanced diet.

Pay attention - concentrate on what you want to remember.

Minimise and resist distractions. Use a notepad and carry a calendar. This may not keep your memory sharp, but does make up for any memory lapses. Organise belongings.

All tips are courtesy of Alzheimer's Australia

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