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Cognitive Health

Short-term memory allows people to retain small amounts of information for a relatively short period of time. Recalling what items to pick up at the store is one example of short-term memory. Long-term memory, on the other hand, permits the retention of more complex information that can be used over and over. The brain can manage both these functions amazingly well as long as it remains healthy.

Everyone gets a feeling of forgetfulness from time to time. Its normal but as people age, this can become a more frequent and worrisome occurrence. In addition, as people get older they may find that it is more difficult to maintain focus or multi-task. Even recalling a particular word or remember chores can be a result of declining mental wellness.

There are a number of things that can be done to protect or even improve cognitive health. Getting the right nutrients and regular exercise both have an impact on keeping the mind productive. And exercise isn’t just about the physical kind; it includes having a mental routine that stimulates brain activities. Like the saying goes, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. Social interaction and continuous learning are examples of ways to keep the brain active and help buffer the effects of aging on mental acuity.

Getting the proper amount of sleep permits the brain to recover and is as important to its health as is reducing lifestyle actions that increase the risk of poor cognitive health. Smoking and weight-related diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are harmful to brain function. Quitting tobacco use and maintaining a good weight will go a long way to overall wellness but has great benefits for the mind as well.

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