Where are memories stored?
When we recall a memory, we consider it a single thing like a day at the beach, or a concert. In actuality, a memory is a complex construction that is stored in many interrelated parts of the brain. Each part of the brain is responsible for storing different types of memory. The hippocampus, neo-cortex, and amygdala are all responsible for explicit memories like your wedding day and the fact that George Washington was the first president of the U.S. The basal ganglia and the cerebellum are involved in implicit memory such as remembering how to play an instrument or ride a bike. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for our working memory which allows us to remember a phone number long enough to write it down. In order for our brains to do their job and maintain our memories, we need to keep them happy and healthy.
Happy Healthy Brains
There is no single way to prevent memory loss or dementia, but there are precautions we can take to keep our memory sharp for as long as possible. Taking a holistic look at self-care is the most direct path to a healthy brain and a lasting memory.
Get Pumped Up!
Engage in exercise like Tai chi or gardening that keeps you moving on a daily basis.
Food for Thought
Indulge in healthy nuts, fish, fresh produce, and other things found in a Mediterranean diet.
Seek medical advice when necessary and get regular check-ups.
Find Time to Unwind
Establish a healthy and solid sleep routine – listen to your body and sleep when you’re tired!
Nip Stress in the Bud
Identify your triggers and find healthy relaxation techniques to neutralize them.
Embrace your emotions and allow them to live out loud in your relationships.
Avoid social isolation by maintaining existing social connections and forging new ones.
Invite new meaning into your life by volunteering to do something that brings you joy.
Learn Something New
Challenge yourself by learning something new or taking a class.
Maintain brain health by learning new things, building something or playing strategy games.
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