Want to muster up a little extra brainpower so you can become the next Sudoku champion, or just remember people's names better? While there are no quick fixes when it comes to improving or preventing the decline of cognitive functions, here are 6 very basic steps you can take to keep your brain as healthy as possible:

1. Do a crossword. Crosswords have been found to delay memory decline.
2. Ignore negativity. Embracing "positive stereotypes" has been found to improve overall mood and brain function.
3. Socialize. Researchers believe socializing may prevent mental decline by 4.encouraging us to take better care of ourselves.
5. Don't multitask. Older adults have a harder time refocusing after being distracted, and science shows that multitasking is actually more problematic than productive.
6. Exercise. Working out reverses the age-related shrinking of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for the formation of long-term memory.
Eat right. Consuming foods rich in omega-3 acids--like salmon, walnuts and soybeans--reduces the "brain drain" effects of sugar