Get Focused and Improve Your Memory

Happy family talking to each other while sitting at the table and having dinner at homeNormal aging can play tricks on your brain. You may have a harder time focusing your attention or absorbing new information. It’s a relatively normal occurrence that can make it more difficult to learn and retain new things.

But you don’t necessarily have to resign yourself to an “it is what it is” position. By employing a few strategies, you may be able to boost attention and information retention.


The first is to look and listen closely when a person is speaking to you. Making eye contact will help, as will diverting your attention from a book, television set, or activity you’re engaged with. If you missed what they said, ask them to repeat it or speak more slowly.

Next, attempt to paraphrase what was just said to make sure you understand; doing this can also help to reinforce the information in your memory.

So, let’s say your daughter asks if you want to come to see the grandkids on Thursday at 4 PM or Sunday at 10 AM, respond with, “what do you like better, Thursday at 4 or Sunday at 10?”

Quiet environments can also help because there is less going on. If you meet people at a noisy restaurant, it can be harder to stay focused and absorb information. Instead, try meeting people in smaller groups at quieter locations, like homes or parks.

If you go to a restaurant, try sitting with your back to the action. When your friend is sitting with their back to the wall, it might be easier to focus on what they’re saying.

Screening out distractions and concentrating on one thing at a time is another way to potentially improve retention. Avoiding interruptions – like asking people to come back later or not picking up your phone – can help you stay engaged and hold on to information.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.