Tipsheet offers strategies to help older adults stay sharp
SUNDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Conquering the world (at least in a video game) is just one of many ways that older adults can fight age-related changes in memory.
In this case, a study found that older adults improved their memory and certain other mental abilities by playing a video game in which they had to use planning and strategy to take over the world, according to the American Geriatric Society's Foundation for Health in Aging.
Other researchers have found that simply expecting to remember things can help older people recall and recollect and that including carbohydrates in the diet and avoiding multi-tasking can also improve memory.
The information is included in a new health tipsheet for older people and their caregivers that summarizes recent memory research and offers tips for improving memory. Advice includes:
The tip sheet also offers memory tricks to help people remember, for instance, where they left their car keys and other items.
The American Geriatric Society has more memory tips.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, news release, March 2009
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