Tiny Waves of Electricity Can Improve Memory

Walk into the living room and forget what you were after. Lose your keys. Meet an old acquaintance and can't remember their name. Miss an appointment because you simply forgot.

If you've ever felt like your memory was slipping you're not alone. And some memory loss is a natural part of aging. But what about brain-related conditions like Alzheimer's disease, dementia, epilepsy or a traumatic brain injury? Is there a way to protect your memory and brain function?

Researchers have been studying the brain and memory for decades. Based on a new study, researchers believe they have found a way to improve memory. But it's not talk therapy, medication, or hypnosis. Here's what they found: Shocking the brain with tiny waves of electricity when specific parts of the brain aren't active can improve memory.

The treatment may prove to be the answer to helping the 270,000 military who are living with traumatic brain injuries, an estimated 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and those with epilepsy.

But it's not the only way to preserve memories and keep your brain healthy. Harvard University recommends regular exercise, a healthy diet, social network, and activities that stimulate your brain. Controlling blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol can help, too. If you smoke, quit. Avoid or limit alcohol.

As you get older, your dietary needs change. And so does your appetite and tastes. But that doesn't mean mealtime has to be boring. Just check out the selection of Senior Meals, and you'll find lots of healthy and delicious options to choose from.