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Memory class teaches how to focus your mind

By Staff | Oct 19, 2009

Studies of memory show that what people percieve as a memory problem is sometimes really an attention problem.

Learning to focus attention is the topic of a class offered on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

The class, entitled “Focus Attention – Improve Memory,” will give practical tips on becoming more mindful as you go through life. Learning to “be here now” is a mental skill that can be developed with practice. Over time, participants can develop the skill to tune out the distractions caused by constant chatter in the mind. This not only helps improve memory but also can help with the stress of mental overload.

“Focus Attention – Improve Memory” is a 90-minute class, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, taught by Penny Modrich, a certified Cognitive Fitness Facilitator. It is one of the intellectual wellness classes sponsored by LEAF Ltd., a private foundation, every Tuesday morning at the Community House. The cost is $15 and no pre-registration is required.

Also offered in the brain fitness program is a Wednesday afternoon “brain gym” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in which participants work through a series of computer-based brain exercises that help focus attention and improve mental processing speed.

The “brain gym” is held every Wednesday afternoon and admission is $15. No computer knowledge or experience is necessary, and no pre-registration is required.

For further information on either of these programs, call Lynn Wallen at 472-5497.