Protect the Memories: Don’t Sleep on Symptoms is a unique series focused on early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

The human brain is powerful. Its ability to create and store memory is limitless. Some of the first formal studies of the brain date back thousands of years. Those findings introduced a range of concepts related to how we think, feel, and act. Today, we have even more information about how the brain supports our ability to remember. Did you know that there are certain brain exercises that can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? 

One way to boost your memory is to be physically active. You should do at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of exercise each week. Silver Sneakers has virtual programs ranging from yoga pilates to cardio. Your local parks department may offer discounted fitness classes. Sacramento, for example, offers dance and Zumba classes to city residents.

In Houston, there’s a Black Girls Run meetup for all ages. Don’t live in Houston? Fortunately, Black Girls Run has meetups nationwide. You can also track your personal fitness bests. Health and exercise tracking apps make this pretty easy. Being intentional about physical activity can make your brain happy because the brain and body are connected.

You can boost your memory by eating certain foods rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. There are hundreds of recipes to mix into your diet. One option is to follow Dallas-based health and wellness coach, Kevin Curry, for meal ideas. Also, consult your doctor or a registered dietitian for a plan that meets your specific needs. Here are some basic recipes to get you started. 

Staying social is another great way to keep your brain healthy. The pandemic has changed how we interact with each other. Have you started a TikTok? You can join Black influencers like @MsGrandmasGarden who are defying age on the platform. If social media isn’t your steeze, use Meetup to find a social group. Be in touch with at least one person each day — whether it’s in person, over the phone, or online. Give yourself an opportunity to meet new people and embrace new ideas through in-person conversation over food, drinks, exercise, or games. 

Cleaning your environment is a good way to improve your memory. Clutter in your environment can create clutter in the brain. Organizing your space (where you live, work, and drive) regularly can help you keep your thoughts in order. This is great for short- and long-term memory. 

Prioritize sleep. Did you know that it’s possible to overload your brain? Sure, the brain has limitless storage capacity, but it’s also like an operating system that requires regular maintenance. A healthy sleep cycle is a good way to keep your brain functioning well. This will support your ability to retain information and create memories down the line. 

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