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Simple Strategies for Improving Memory & Focus

By |2021-12-21T10:24:00-05:00December 21st, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Healthy Aging|Tags: , |

Ever wonder why you can’t remember something from a minute ago, but can recall lyrics of a decades-old song? Don’t worry. It’s not your memory failing.

“Forgetting why you walked into a room is actually not a memory problem. It’s a distraction problem,” explains CentraState speech-language pathologist and brain health Coach Marilyn Abrahamson. “Short-term memory and attention are different, but they do work together. Paying attention is what allows the information to get into the brain in the first place. If we don’t pay attention, we don’t actually ‘get’ the information at all.”

All day, Marilyn explains, your brain is trying to determine what info it should keep and what it should let go to make way for other things. To improve your memory, you need strategies for focusing on what you need to remember, as well as strategies to help strengthen the areas of the brain responsible for memory. CentraState’s virtual “Master Your Memory” program gives you both.

Want a fun way to boost your brain power? Register for Master Your Memory today:

Jingle Memory Game

Finish these jingles to light up the area of your brain responsible for long-term memory! When you are ready, check your answers at

  • The best part of waking up…
  • I’m a Pepper, he’s a Pepper…
  • Nothin’ says lovin’ like…
  • Like a good neighbor…
  • Ace is the place…
Adapted from “399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young” by Nancy Linde

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