We all wish we could hold on to our memories forever – to remember every last detail of our childhood, of our kids’ formative years, of those lazy summer days which we wished would never end. It may be harder than you think. The Hebrew Home recently conducted a national survey of over 1,000 men and women, asking them about their forgetfulness and memory loss tendencies. We found that regardless of age, we all forget from time to time.
Our survey indicates that more than four out of five adults have forgotten something in the past week -- there was an average of five occasions where they forgot something during that time. Remembering passwords and websites (36%) as well as the names of people you know (36%) are two of the things that people have most difficulty remembering. They are closely followed by where you place your keys (32%), a family member’s birthday (29%) and what you had for dinner two nights ago (28%).
The take-away from this survey is not to throw in the towel, but rather to keep your brain active – exercise it like you would any other organ of your body. Challenge yourself every day by stimulating your brain, taking a left turn instead of a right and exploring new territory and mixing up your routine.
Our Memory Care expertise is one of the best in the country, making great strides in helping those with Alzheimer’s and dementia make new and precious memories. Let’s use a strategy from their playbook. Feed your brain. Challenge it. Shake up your routine and have a great mental workout with these tips to support brain health.