7 Steps to Rescue Your Memory

Losing your memory or developing brain fog in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s is NOT normal. Just because it happens to so many people and is somewhat common does not mean that it is normal or healthy. It is a sign of trouble and needs to be taken seriously.

Putting a Memory Rescue Plan in Place

If you experience challenges with your memory, it is important to realize that you are on a precipice – you can ignore the fact that you are standing on the edge of that cliff, keep walking and fall off. Or you can get serious about taking better care of your brain, and turn around.

If you want to rescue your memory, here are 7 steps to take:

Love and Protect Your Brain

Just as a parent shields a child from harm, it is imperative to take a proactive approach in keeping your brain safe from trouble. As simple as this idea is, most people never really think about brain security. Remember – your brain is soft, your skull is hard. It is critical that you protect your brain from concussions. You can also protect your brain by reducing your exposure to toxins – such as pesticides, molds, carbon monoxide, cleaning products, heavy metals, drugs, and alcohol.

Know and Optimize Your Important Numbers

Having important health numbers at an optimal level is critical to brain function. However, you can’t change what you don’t measure. Be aware of your:

  • Body mass index (BMI) – as your weight goes up, the size and function of your brain goes down.
  • Blood pressure (BP) – as your BP goes up, it damages blood vessels which dramatically affects the functioning of your brain.
  • Other important health numbers which affect your brain function – testosterone level, c-reactive protein, thyroid functioning, vitamin D level, fasting blood sugar, and hemoglobin A1-c.

Engage in New Learning

Research is clear that new learning and stimulating lifestyles lead to better cognitive outcomes later in life. If your job does not provide new learning opportunities, create them for yourself – take a class, start a new hobby, learn a new language, begin playing an instrument.

Get Good Sleep

Healthy sleep is absolutely essential to a brain healthy life. Sleep rejuvenates all the cells in your body, gives brain cells a chance to repair themselves, helps wash away neurodegenerative toxins that build up during the day, and activates neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate due to inactivity. Practice good sleep hygiene to optimize your sleep habits.


Exercise alone is the veritable fountain of youth. The more you exercise, the healthier your blood vessels and blood flow, which leads to overall improved brain function and better memory. Make sure to combine aerobic exercise four to five times per week with weight training two to three times per week. Research shows the stronger you are as you age, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Use a Multi-Mechanism Approach

When you get sick or age, it is never just one biological mechanism that fails; it is generally multiple mechanisms, such as blood flow, toxic buildup, nutrient depletion, and inflammation. Therefore, it is important to utilize a multiple mechanism approach to improving brain health.

Attack the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

  • Obesity – if you’re overweight, you need to lose weight.
  • Alcohol – stop drinking alcohol; it is not a health food.
  • Gut health – there is a reason your gut is considered your second brain; balance your gut health.
  • Marijuana – negatively affects the hippocampus, your brain’s major memory center.
  • Sleep apnea – decreases memory function when untreated.

Dr. Daniel Amen’s newest book, Memory Rescue is available HERE.

If you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation, please contact Amen Clinics to schedule a visit, or call our Care Center today at (888) 288-9834.

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  1. Timothy Ohman says:

    I do need help with my memory,esp. short term. Meeting new people i have to make sure i repeat their name out loud,and it seems there is another part of memory that is accessed,because in doing this i then can remember their names.

  2. judy sarett says:

    I take all the amen products on a daily basis for several years. All of a sudden there is a decline in my memory etc. What do I do now?????????????????????????HELP

  3. Mary says:

    I am terrified I am beginning with dementia. My mother had Alzheimer’s, confirmed at autopsy; diagnosed at 80, died at 99. I am having a problem with name recall , and in conversation, search for a word ; can “see” what I’m trying to say in my mind. Haven’t gotten lost, keep appointments, pay bills on time, balance checkbook. Friends tell me they experience the same and it’s because of our age — I’m 77. Know I’m anxious because of my mother, but the anxiety is overwhelming.

  4. Amy Glasson says:

    I didnt see anything mentioned about how much mariquana use causes memory problems.
    I happen to find it makes me focus more on whatever project I am tackling and also helps
    my anxiety significantly with my dealing with a 96 year old mother with dementia who is in a home.


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