Memory: M-E-M-O-R-Y. Memory.

How did you do during your grade school spelling bee? If the answer is “not well,” try for a second chance at the AARP National Spelling Bee.

The AARP Spelling Bee is taking place on August 11, and it is open to anyone 50+ years old. There are ways to prepare for memory tests, such as a spelling bee, and ways to train your memory in order to help support your brain health. Here are some tips:

  1. Exercise. Physical activity helps to maintain good blood flow to the body and encourages growth of new brain cells and connections.
  2. Maximize your intake of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the brain and it helps to support brain health throughout life.
  3. Stay mentally active. Intellectual curiosity, pursuit of education, reading, learning new activities and skills and even games are all fun ways to exercise your mind.
  4. Stay socially engaged. Friends and family are the key to happiness — and they just might be the key to brain health as well. Research shows that regular social interaction has a significant effect on long-term brain health and function.

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