When you think of ways to improve your memory, you might imagine a healthier diet, finishing a crossword puzzle or memorizing a favorite passage from a novel or poem. But having a glass of wine? Sounds strange, right?

New research is showing that light-to-moderate drinking in later life may keep memory strong.

Consuming up to one drink a day is associated with better episodic memory—the ability to remember specific events. Episodic memory is the type that usually ­diminishes in dementia.

Theory: Alcohol may help preserve the hippocampus, a brain area that shrinks in people with dementia.

There are many surprising things that can cause your memory to fail. But if you have 12 minutes to spare, this can help you build brain strength, reduce anxiety and give you more energy.