Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.
Everybody forgets something sometimes. It might be the name of someone you have known for years. You could forget how to spell simple words that you have always used. You might even forget a very important doctor's appointment that took you months to get. Heaven forbids if you forget your spouse's anniversary or your best friend's birthday.
While it is true that everyone forgets, there are ways to forget less often.
1. Take Daily Walks
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing an older couple taking a walk together. Surely, they are doing it to get their daily exercise. However, there is an added benefit. When they are walking together, they are sharing and bonding.
Something else is happening that most people don't realize. They are lowering the risk of forgetfulness. Researchers at Harvard University found that people who walk on a daily basis cut their risk of forgetfulness in half. People who are forgetful should make it a habit to walk more often.
Also, the study proved that those who walk throughout the day think faster and clearer. This happens because of increased blood flow to the brain.
2. Play Word Games
Playing word games like Scrabble keeps the nerves of the brain functioning at their best. A Canadian study proved that Scrabble players scored at least 20 percent higher on mental functions as they age.
If you have no one to play Scrabble and other word games with you, don't despair. There are many games available on the computer for older adults that can be played without a partner. There are also word game books on the market for adults. Recently adult coloring books have become very popular because coloring keeps the mind active.
3. Take Vitamin B-12
An Oxford University study showed that people who take 1,000 mcg. of B-12 supplement daily can minimize forgetfulness due to age and other conditions. The supplement supports proper nerve functions in all cells, including the brain.
Those who take B-12 have clearer thinking and fewer memory problems. Vitamin B-12 is found naturally in foods that come from animals, including fish, meat, and poultry. Many kinds of breakfast cereals also contain B-12.
Older adults and vegetarians should take a B-12 supplement if they are not getting enough of the vitamin through foods.
4. Snack on Walnuts
People who snack on walnuts have a better memory than those who don't eat them. The fatty acid in walnuts helps people remember.
Those who eat walnuts are 40 percent less likely to have a memory problem.
5. Use Turmeric
Turmeric is known as the smart spice. It is the yellow spice found in mustard and curry. The spice cuts the amount of damage in the brain in half. Research shows that turmeric can be sprinkled on your food for great benefits.
Using turmeric essential oil helps improve brain and cognitive function. When the oil is inhaled, it boosts memory and improves concentration.
6. Drink Coffee
Have you noticed that people who drink coffee are less likely to forget? Everyone forgets something sometimes, but coffee drinkers forget far less than people who don't drink coffee.
The caffeine and antioxidants work together to stimulate the growth of new brain cells, according to research. Drinking two cups of coffee a day boosts a person's memory by at least 20 percent.
If you are a coffee drinker, have you noticed that you do not forget as often as your family members and friends who do not drink coffee at all?
If you recognize forgetfulness in yourself, try the above-mentioned tips. If you have noticed forgetfulness in your spouse, other family members or friends, suggest these easy ways to them.
Better yet, you can help them and yourself by taking a walk together, play Scrabble, or have a cup of coffee with them.
Do not think you have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia just because you forgot where you left your car keys or didn't remember to purchase an item from the grocery store. It is not unusual for at least half of those over age 65 to say they forget more often than they did when they were younger.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 31, 2018:
Beth, thanks for reading and commenting on my article about simple things to do to stop forgetting. Also, thanks for sharing the article with others. That is if you don't forget (smile).
Beth Deyo from Bradenton, FL on July 31, 2018:
I love the advice about taking walks and playing word games. I'm a firm believer that your activity levels play a major role in the aging process. Thanks for creating this informative article. I'm sharing it now!