Memory loss is a fairly common complaint as people age. For some people, the memory loss may affect their activities of daily living and quality of life, a condition called dementia. It appears many people in their 50s and early 60s are aware of the link between memory loss and aging, and many take steps to stave it off. The problem according to this study done among Americans is that people often don't discuss their fears with clinicians and are unaware of effective steps to preserve brain health. Supplements and crossword puzzles are example of common practices that people adopt though they have not been found to be effective in large clinical studies. In contrast, a good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and maintenance of a healthy blood pressure and blood sugar are a good starting point to preserve brain health.