Baby Boomer vs. Millennial: Apparently we’re both forgetful.

phil FullSizeRenderMemory loss isn’t only for those with gray hair and wrinkles. Your grandchildren are at risk for “digital dementia”. Studies are showing that multitasking, stress, lack of sleep and 24/7 technology are causing short-term memory issues; “forgetfulness” in millennials and young adults.

The Trending Machine National Poll found that millennials (aged 18-34) are more forgetful than seniors (aged 55 or older). Millennials were more likely to forget what day it is, where they put their keys, forget to bring their lunch, and to take a bath or shower. The only thing seniors were more likely to forget were peoples names.

How to improve your short-term memory and decrease forgetfulness.

  1. Stay mentally active:
    • Exercise your brain to increase blood flow and the transportation of nutrients.
    • Learn something new. Take a class, do a crossword puzzle, learn to play a musical instrument, take a different route when driving or read a section of the newspaper you wouldn’t normally read.
    • Read print media like Seniors Blue Book! Studies have shown that reading print materials also boosts reading comprehension.
    • Millennials should text less and try to memorize phone numbers, directions and other information.
  2. Socialize regularly
    • Get together with loved ones or friends, share a meal, or go to an event.
  3. Get organized
    • Set aside a place for your wallet, keys, etc. Limit distractions and don’t try to multitask.
  4. Sleep well
    • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night
  5. Eat a healthy diet
    • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. Drink lots of water and avoid too much alcohol (it can lead to confusion and memory loss).
  6. Include physical activity in your daily routine
    • The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (jogging). You could start with a few 10-minute walks throughout the day and gradually add more.
  7. Manage chronic conditions
    • Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as depression or kidney or thyroid problems. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be.
    • Additionally, review your medications with your doctor as certain medications can impact memory.

Editors Note: This article was written by Kathleen Warshawsky, BSN, RN, Publisher of Seniors Blue Book Greater Dallas. You may contact her at Kathleen@SeniorsBlueBook.com