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.

1. Get sufficient sleep and be active

Sufficient, good-quality sleep and regular exercise are vital for preventing memory lapses.

2. Be sociable

Your brain wants to develop throughout your entire life. Therefore, to prevent memory deterioration, it is important to lead an active life.

3. Give your brain a break

Your brain can become overloaded. Constant stress and burnout can cause problems for memory and concentration, and advance the onset of memory diseases.

4. Take care of your heart and body, and prevent illnesses

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.

5. Quit smoking

A direct link has been found between smoking and the onset of memory diseases.

6. Drink alcohol in moderation

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.

7. Eat fish, avoid red meat

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.