April 1, 2011 at 7:31 am , by Julie Bain
Renowned Baltimore neurologist and author Majid T. Fotuhi, M.D., a member of the LHJ Medical Advisory Board, shares his fun, creative and surprising tips to sharpen your memory and make your brain grow. Guess what beats crossword puzzles? Ballroom dancing!
Dr. Fotuhi is writing a new book with all the latest research on how to increase your brain power that should be out in early 2012. It’s a follow-up to his popular The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease.
LHJ: Why do we start having trouble remembering things as we age?
MTF: The part of the brain used for short-term memory is called the hippocampus, and it’s very sensitive to what’s going on in your body. For example, stress, trauma and depression can all shrink the hippocampus. It’s the first part of the brain to show signs of shrinkage. That’s why people have problems with their short-term memory but don’t forget how to ride a bike or cook.
LHJ: Yikes! We all have too much stress! What can we do to stop our brains from shrinking? Read more