As we age, retaining certain memories can pose as a problem. Actually, research shows that our brains change structurally and functionally, as we age, which can trigger memory and thinking impairment.
Specifically, short term or new memories tend to be the hardest to preserve. Neuroscientists have discovered that the part of the brain that holds episodic memories (specific events and their context)… called the hippocampus… tends to be ‘less engaged’ in older people. They believe that this cognitive aging is most likely influenced by a combination of multiple genes.
Specifically, in an fMRI study at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), two researchers (Daniel Weinberger, PhD., and Venkata Mattay, PhD.) and their colleagues discovered that the gene mutation called ”brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF,” correlates to memory storage issues. In fact, as noted in a Science Daily article, they learned that Seniors with two normal copies of BDNF are more resilient to the changes than those with mutated versions of the gene.
Although these issues do cause Seniors to experience memory issues, there are some techniques that can be used to slow the process for many people. In short, studies have also shown that seniors who were physically fit had stronger cognitive performance. A large amount of research indicates that consistent 30-mintes/day aerobic exercise induces behavioral and neural plasticity, thus preserving cognitive function in seniors. On top of that, motor balance and coordination training also provide positive effects.
Try these strategies:
- Reduce stress, which can be done through exercise.
- Maintain Good Health and a Balanced Diet.
- Keep Mentally Fit through activities, such as, playing bridge, reading, taking courses, studying and writing.
- Using Memory tips, such as leaving your keys in ONE spot… using association techniques to remember names and new facts… and so on.