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You can’t find your keys. The name of your mailman is on the tip of your tongue. Here are surprising tricks that will help you remember stuff today—and keep your mind sharp as you age.

Think better now

Tune in to Mozart. A new Finnish study found that listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in memory.

Sniff rosemary oil. People who did this were better able to remember to complete tasks, per research presented at the 2013 British Psychological Society annual meeting.

Break to LOL. After seniors watched a funny video in a 2014 study, their cortisol levels dropped and they did better on memory tests. No matter your age, “anything that lowers stress will improve memory,” says Majid Fotuhi, MD, chair of the Memosyn Neurology Institute and author of Boost Your Brain.

Pick up a language. English speakers who studied Chinese for six weeks had better brain network connections, research found.

Take deep breaths. Studies show that meditation helps grow the hippocampus. Try Dr. Fotuhi’s 7-7-7 exercise: Inhale for 7 counts, hold for 7 and exhale for 7.

…And later

Turn off the boob tube. A 2005 study in Brain and Cognition found that the risk of Alzheimer’s went up 1.3 times with every added hour of TV a person watched per day between the ages of 40 and 59.

Hit the gym. People with low fitness levels in their 40s had less brain volume two decades later, per research from Boston University.

Get crafty. Folks who indulged their creative side in middle and old age were 73 percent less likely to develop memory problems, found a Mayo Clinic study.

Prioritize sleep. A review published in January revealed that people who enjoyed good-quality sleep in middle age had better mental functioning in their golden years. The sleep you get now may be crucial because it’s deeper than the sleep you get in old age, Dr. Small says: “It can help your brain clear out amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and reduces inflammation that can damage brain cells.”

SOURCE: http://news.health.com/2015/09/17/9-ridiculously-easy-ways-to-boost-your-recall-now-and-later/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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