Problems with memory can be caused by many things, such as:
- some medicines
- head injury
- normal aging
How can I manage problems with my memory?
Below are some suggestions to help you manage memory problems.
- If you don’t remember what someone has said, ask them to repeat it.
- Repeat things out loud to help yourself remember them.
- Write down information that you want to remember. Keep a notepad in your wallet, purse, or pocket to write down information, conversations, messages, or lists.
- Keep a notepad and pencil near the phone to write down messages.
- Ask other people to write down information that you need to remember.
- Put post-it notes in visible spots as reminders (e.g., put notes on the bathroom mirror such as “Pick up Judy at 3:00”).
- Use an appointment book, date book, or calendar to write important dates and appointments.
- Use a daily checklist to remind you of activities and chores you need to do.
- Keep an address book for important phone numbers and addresses.
- Use an oven timer or a watch with an alarm to remind you to take medicine or to keep an appointment.
- Use a tape recorder for long, important conversations.
- Use word associations (finding words that remind you of something) to help remember facts (e.g., “Remember that my sister lives on Spruce Avenue because she has a big spruce tree on her front lawn.”)
- Use a daily or weekly pill box (also called a dosette) to keep track of medicine. Your pharmacist may be able to do this for you.
- Write down people’s names and/or their relationship to you in a book or on cue cards (e.g., if you can’t remember the names of people in a social group, write down their names to help you at the meetings).
- To remember to bring certain items with you, put them by the door or with your keys.
- Take photos (E.g. take a photo of a magazine article or a car you’d like to discuss with your spouse later)
Where to go get help
For more information about how speech-language pathologists and audiologists can help, contact:
- Your doctor, public health nurse, or other health provider
- Your local health centre