How To Improve Your Memory After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is life-changing, there’s no two ways about it. But it isn’t the end all and be all that it can seem like – proper care can help you regain your normal habits and previous life after TBI.
One of the largest concerns that we hear from people suffering from the effects of TBI, or their caretakers, is whether or not your memory can be improved after an accident. For many patients, it absolutely can be, over time, and today we’re sharing just a few of the elements that could be included in an aftercare plan.
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We believe that as soon as you’re medically cleared to, engaging in regular, non-strenuous exercise contributes to improving short-term memory after brain injury. We specifically recommend aerobic exercise, which studies currently have shown can stimulate the growth of new brain cells, and improve memory and cognition.
These exercises might include the following, and should be completed under the care of a trained professional:
- Short walks
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Riding a stationary bike
- Tai Chi
- Yoga flow
EAT MEMORY-BOOSTING FOODS
This one might be a surprise, but we all remember our parents telling us to eat a brain-healthy meal before school as kids! That’s because your brain needs specific fuel to function properly – and foods high in antioxidants and omega-3s have actually been linked to overall better brain function, and memory.
During the recovery from a traumatic brain injury, a brain recovery diet can benefit you. This could include the following foods.
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Fatty fish
- Tea and coffee
This one may seem obvious – but repetition is the way that we learn. But whether studying for an exam, or trying to repair memory function after TBI, you can’t expect to repeat a phrase 2 or 3 times and suddenly remember it.
Instead, we recommend developing a repetition plan that is spaced out, reinforcing the phrase in your memory and preventing you from forgetting. You could use flashcards, and work with a family member or alone, slowly extending the periods between your repetition. If you remember after 10 minutes, try 20. Then 30, and on and on.
The reality of traumatic brain injury recovery is that there is no quick fix – lifelong habits will be required to regain the performance you previously had. But there absolutely are medical programs that can assist you on your journey. Here, our integrated health care team and state-of-the-art technology has allowed us to help people recover from the effects of TBI in ways they never thought possible by focusing on advancing your health and abilities in cognitive, memory, and functional performance.