Be Active & Engaged
As we age, retaining our memory is often ranked as a priority. Experts advise, however, that cognitive health is far more important than simply having a good memory. Cognitive function involves decision making, attention and problem solving. The Institute of Medicine recommends physical activity, adequate sleep, an active and engaged lifestyle, and not smoking to be among the best tools for maintaining cognitive health. Researchers also advise seniors to discuss their medications with doctors to learn about a prescription’s effect on cognitive function.