As a person ages, it is not uncommon to experience memory loss. While this is a normal part of the aging process, it can be a sign of a larger issue. If a High Desert resident is experiencing memory loss — be it significant or minimal — they should work with the professionals at St. Bernardine Care Providers in order to develop a memory management plan. We provide these tips to our Apple Valley patients who are hoping to curb memory loss and manage the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
5 Best Tips and Tricks for Memory Management
When you are listening to a conversation, repeat back the information that you have heard. This will help you train your brain to remember the important information from the conversation. It is important to devote all of your attention to the conversation, and turn off any distracting devices such as TVs, radios and cell phones.
Write yourself a reminder note if you do not want to forget about something. For example, if you think about something you want to pick up at the store, write it down immediately. Place the note on the counter by your keys so that you will see the note before you leave the house. This will help you with managing everyday tasks that might be easy to forget.
Create a contact information portal that you can refer to. The most important names, numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses should be written down in this notebook. Keep it handy so that you can access it when you are in need. It can be cumbersome to remember many names and numbers, so this will help you to keep all of that important information in one place.
Designate a specific spot for the common household items that you use. For example, your keys, remote controls, glasses, watch, bag or purse should all go in the same location. These are items that you use on a daily basis, and can be easy to misplace. When you know the one central location where these things will be, you will feel less frustrated as you try to get out the door.
Set an alarm clock in your home if you want to be reminded to do something. For instance, if you want to put your dinner in the oven at 4:00 p.m., set an alarm to remind you. It can be easy to forget to do these tasks at a particular time, and the alarm clock will trigger your memory.
At St. Bernardine Care Providers, we work with our clients in order to create customized memory management plans that work for them and their specific needs.