5 Ways That May Boost Your Brain & Help Improve Your Memory

Oscar Wilde said, “With age comes wisdom.” So true. And to make sure your brain keeps retaining all that wisdom, here are a few things you can do:

Improve your diet

Eating well can help keep your brain sharp. Harvard Health Publishing1 recommends adopting a Mediterranean style diet, which has been proven to ward off cognitive impairment and dementia. Load up on fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and unsaturated oils (olive oil) on your next trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market, and pretend you’re dining in the Mediterranean!

Get crafty

A recent study in Neurology2 showed that people who do arts and crafts activities and who socialize with friends may be able to prevent memory and processing issues that can lead to dementia. Participants in the study did a variety of activities, such as:

  • Painting, drawing and sculpting
  • Woodworking
  • Pottery and ceramics
  • Quilting and sewing
  • Online gaming and shopping
  • Going out with friends to the theatre, movies, concerts and more

Hit the books

Reading books and magazines can keep your mind engaged as you age, according to The National Institute on Aging3. Treating yourself to a magazine subscription, joining or starting a book club or asking a librarian for their recommendation is a good way to get back into the habit of reading.

Do a jigsaw puzzle

Clear off your coffee table (or put up a card table) to create space to put together a puzzle.

Baylor College of Medicine4 reports that studies have shown that jigsaw puzzles can improve cognition and visual-spatial reasoning. To make your puzzle special, get a customized puzzle with photos of your family, favorite vacation spot or beloved pet.

Move your feet

According to the Cleveland Clinic5, there are various ways exercise can help the brain, such as reducing inflammation, lowering levels of stress hormones, improving blood flow, and even promoting cardiovascular health. Keeping your body active may also provide physical benefits to the brain by stimulating the development of new nerve cells and increasing the connections between brain cells. This helps your brain become more efficient and adaptive.


  1. “12 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young,” Harvard Health Publishing, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/12-ways-to-keep-your-brain-young
  2. “Risk and Protective Factors for Cognitive Impairment in Persons Aged 85 Years and Older,” Neurology, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://n.neurology.org/content/84/18/1854
  3. “Cognitive Health and Older Adults,” National Institute on Aging, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cognitive-health-and-older-adults
  4. “A Perfect Match: The Health Benefits of Jigsaw Puzzles,” Baylor College of Medicine, last accessed January 17, 2022, https://blogs.bcm.edu/2020/10/29/a-perfect-match-the-health-benefits-of-jigsaw-puzzles/
  5. “Why Exercise Protects Your Brain’s Health (and What Kind Is Best)”, Cleveland Clinic, last accessed January 20, 2022, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-exercise-protects-your-brains-health-and-what-kind-is-best/