Focusing attention is effortful. And as we age it often gets harder and harder to concentrate. But focusing our attention on the task at hand is key for better memory performance... so what can we do to improve concentration AND memory?
"I'm interested in how the mind works," Dr. Ruth Day says. She has the enviable title of ADF Cognitive Scientist in Residence -- which makes her, so far as she knows, the only cognitive scientist in residence at any dance festival.
Most middle and older adults are aware that they can no longer multitask as they did in their younger years. Aging brains are less efficient than in years past; and therefore most memory-related complaints are for recent or short-term memory vs. older memories.
A good portion of my day is spent talking with women my age. More often than not, we are reaching for the title of that book we loved or fumbling for the name of that actor who co-starred in that movie with what's-her-face.
Marilu Henner, who many remember as the character Elaine on the sitcom "Taxi," is the author of Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future. She is one of only 12 documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM.
Just like the right diet can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, health experts are finding that certain foods may boost your mind. Stay on top of your mental ball game with these foods.