As our brains age, we’re less likely to think as quickly or remember things as well as we used to. Research is now showing how the brain changes and adapts with age. You can use what we’ve learned and follow a few simple tips to help remember things and avoid scams.
As per the research it is found that the knowledge we gain from life experience can sometimes compensate for other changes in our brains as we age. Older professionals can often be better at their jobs than younger ones. Your memory may be less efficient, but your knowledge about how to do it may be better.
Researchers can design tests that expose problems in the aging mind by creating tasks in which older adults can’t use their experience. These tests reflect real-life situations like getting upsetting medical news or having a crafty scam artist pressure you for an answer.
One key to dealing with situations like these, is not to make rash decisions. Ask for further information and more time to consider. Discuss it with friends or relatives.
Perhaps the most common trouble people face as they age is remembering things. It is important to acknowledge that your memory is fallible. For medicines, driving directions or other things with specific details, don’t rely on your memory. “That’s good advice for everybody, but especially for older adults.” If you need to remember something important, write it down on a pad or use an electronic device like a personal digital assistant (PDA) that lets you store notes and reminders.
Another way to remember things is through routines. Take your medicine with a snack or a particular meal, for example. Always keep your keys and wallet in the same place.
You can also use your imagination. If you imagine doing something beforehand, you’re much more likely to do it. So, for example, imagine taking your medicine in as much detail as you can, paying attention to where, when and how.
Practice can help, too. Keeping your brain active with activities that require mental effort, such as reading, may help keep your mind sharp. Staying physically active may help, too.
In accordance with the study’s hypothesis, the implicit exposure group showed strong improvement in positive age stereotype, perceptions of aging and physical function while the explicit exposure group showed no significant improvement in any of these areas.
If you believe negative things about yourself, such as about yourself as an aging person, you’re going to bear the emotional weight of believing yourself to be inferior.
When stereotypes are negative, the seniors are convinced becoming old means becoming useless, helpless or devalued, they are less likely to seek preventive medical care and die earlier. They are more likely to suffer memory loss and poor bodily functioning.
This type of chronic stress can impair immunity, lead to unhealthy cardiovascular responses and ultimately disrupt health even at a cellular level.
A recent study has found that changing the way older individuals view themselves can improve their health. All of us who interact with older people can think about how to reinforce the more positive aspects of aging while our communication with seniors.