Memory Improvement

The Longest Day - Alzheimer's Association

The sign at a local business. (I grabbed the shot quickly as I was in a hurry to set up my table - if anyone knows which shop this was please let me know so I can add that detail here!)

The sign at a local business. (I grabbed the shot quickly as I was in a hurry to set up my table - if anyone knows which shop this was please let me know so I can add that detail here!)

Gather hosted us , for yoga, the book signing, and the seminar. What a cool day for a great cause.

Gather hosted us , for yoga, the book signing, and the seminar. What a cool day for a great cause.

On Friday, June 21 I had the pleasure of participating in an event in my hometown for The Longest Day.

This is a day that - worldwide - the Alzheimer’s Association uses to raise money for Alzheimer’s and Dementia research, to raise awareness of this disease, support and offer solutions for care givers and families, and to encourage brain health.

The overall takeaways for me were:

  1. Do everything you can to keep your body and brain healthy NOW.

  2. If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, get to a doctor for an assessment and discussion. Don’t wait.

  3. The Alzheimer’s Association can help point you in the right direction. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them on their 24/7 helpline: 800-272-3900 and/or visit their website: https://alz.org/

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m managed to write three best-selling memory books!

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m managed to write three best-selling memory books!

I had a fun book signing, speaking with people about memory improvement and how to exercise their minds. A portion of each book sold went to the Alzheimer’s Association (and was generously matched by the local organizers of our event, Breanna and Reid Lundy).

Throughout the day there were other businesses participating (click each name to visit):

Demonstrating how memory works with a hack for remembering your grocery list - an easy way to exercise your memory on a regular basis.

Demonstrating how memory works with a hack for remembering your grocery list - an easy way to exercise your memory on a regular basis.

The book signing and later seminar were held at Gather, where there were also two free yoga classes by Haley.

At the seminar we heard from:

Erika Sellar Ryan talking about the legal considerations before and after the diagnosis.

Erika Sellar Ryan talking about the legal considerations before and after the diagnosis.

Heather O’Connor discussing the value of early dementia assessment.

Heather O’Connor discussing the value of early dementia assessment.

My short presentation focused on maintaining and improving memory health at any age. I showed people a few memory hacks from my latest book, Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and learned a lot from all the speakers. I never realized how much local help was available; be sure to check your local area for community resources if you need help for yourself or a loved one!

Many thanks to all the businesses, speakers, attendees, and especially Breanna Lundy and her team for handling all the organizing to bring us together!

Discussing the differences between typical age-related memory changes and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia.

Discussing the differences between typical age-related memory changes and the warning signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia.



Interview on the podcast "Yak About Today - A Boomer's GPS Guide to Life"

I had another wonderful discussion about memory with David Yakir, the host of the podcast “Yak About Today.” David is a wonderful interviewer and this short conversation is worth a listen. We discuss memory improvement (of course) and I offer several tips from my new book, Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life.

The podcast interview is great for anyone but if you happen to be a baby boomer I encourage you to subscribe to his podcast. He has great guests, keeps things moving, and is fun to listen to! Click below to listen to the interview.


Common memory excuse #2: "I'm old(er)"

Memory Excuses #2 I'm old.jpg

Why do you have a bad memory? Are you using that as an excuse or is it the “real deal”? Let’s continue to look at common excuses people use to forgo memory improvement (and whether they are good excuses or not!).

  1. “I’m getting old/I’m just old.”

    Once again we need to look at whether you have a bad memory in every situation or just some/most. I have a friend who is “elderly” (his words) who complained of a bad memory and was concerned about forgetfulness, especially around remembering whether he took his several-times-a-day medication.

    Interestingly, though, he was easily able to remember the details of his friends’ families: whose kid had graduated from which college, whose grandchild was walking and talking up a storm, and any detail related to people.

    Remembering what he had for breakfast or whether he had taken his morning walk, however, seemed beyond him.

    This is a good example of remembering what we are interested in and what we focus on. For him, his personable nature made the details of his friends and their families memorable. Whether he took his morning pill or went for a walk yesterday were daily, unimportant details to him (but frustrating when he tried to recall them and couldn’t).

    For him and many others, getting old means that some things (routine daily activities, what the weather was like, what to get at the grocery store) have lost their uniqueness so they aren’t paid attention to. The problem isn’t necessarily a recall problem, it’s all about focus and attention. (Though for good measure he has his memory checked with his primary care physician on occasion.)

    If you feel you’re “old” or “getting older” look specifically at what you typically forget. Is it all areas of your life or just some? My latest memory book has quick, easy fixes for specific problem areas (a delightfully quick, easy, and fun way to remember whether you took your medicine or vitamin each day) and big-picture solutions for larger areas like how to improve your overall focus and pay attention better.

    Here’s a new review of the book by someone who you might relate to:

A recent review of my book “Mastering Memory”

A recent review of my book “Mastering Memory”

If you struggle to remember in every area of your life please read the previous blog post which has three great tips on how to start your overall memory improvement journey. Click here for the blog post.


Next time we’ll look at another common excuse for forgetfulness and a “bad memory.” In the meantime use the information above to ensure you’re doing what you can to have a better memory now. Life is too short for a bad memory, especially when remembering well is so simple and easy.

For more easy ways to have a better memory please check out my book. It has short, easy-to-read and understand chapters filled with practical advice on working with your mind instead of against it to remember better in all areas of your life.