7 steps to improve your memory
It is a good idea to start looking after your memory before you get old and your memory starts declining. Your memory is affected by your lifestyle, social life, brain exercises and rest.
Sufficient, good-quality sleep and regular exercise are vital for preventing memory lapses.
Your brain wants to develop throughout your entire life. Therefore, to prevent memory deterioration, it is important to lead an active life.
Your brain can become overloaded. Constant stress and burnout can cause problems for memory and concentration, and advance the onset of memory diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and being overweight increase the risk of memory diseases. Lose any excess weight, be active and generally look after your heart.
A direct link has been found between smoking and the onset of memory diseases.
Binge drinking is known to have a serious impact on the onset of memory diseases. Drinking so much that you pass out destroys brain cells.
An ideal diet for brain function consists of foods such as polyunsaturated fats, fish, fruit, berries and vegetables. Foods rich in saturated fats, such as red meat, should only be eaten in moderation.
Expert advice was provided by Eija-Liisa Lovén, who works with neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation, and doctor Tiia Ngandu.