10 Tips for Remembering the Details of Life
We all, at one time or another, suffer memory lapses -- some of us “can’t remember names” or “have trouble with numbers,” or perhaps you have trouble remembering what you are supposed to be doing right now.. If you find your memory lapses are becoming more frequent, these Tips for Making Life Easier™ from Shelley Peterman Schwarz may help you keep day-to-day things in mind.
1. Remembering Names
One way to remember someone’s name is to rhyme it with a color, group, job, activity, or something else that associates the person with the name. For example: Mr. Green Gene, Redheaded Deb, Biker Mike. Use a word or memory key that will remind you not only of the person but also something about that person.
2. Remembering Dates
Create a rhyme or song to help you remember. Remember in grade school when you learned, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” Add new words to familiar tunes such as “Happy Birthday” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” or be creative and write your own ditties.
3. Remembering Numbers
Saying numbers out loud may help you remember addresses and phone numbers and even improve your ability to add and subtract in your checkbook. You might remember a phone number easier, if you create a word out of the numbers; commercial companies do this all the time (1-800-verizon).
4. A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place
These are good words to live by wherever you are. If you have a regular place for something and train yourself and your family to ALWAYS put things back in their place, you will not misplace them. Hang keys on a hook inside the door to the garage, batteries and light bulbs can always be found in the laundry room next to the washer, assign shelves in the cupboard to certain kinds of foods (canned goods, jams and jellies, cereal), perhaps even labeling the shelves so everyone knows where things go.
5. Keeping Track of Family Schedules
If a calendar on the refrigerator doesn’t keep your family on schedule and on time, use a large wall calendar that can be hung in a prominent place. Assign each family member a different marker color and let them record their activities on the calendar. You will know at a glance who needs to be where when.
6. Use Repetition and Cues to Remember
When you leave the house, count the number of items you are taking with you (for example umbrella, purse, raincoat, and scarf = four items). When you move from place to place – bus to office, office to restaurant, restaurant back to office, office to home – count your items to be sure you remember to take everything you came with.
7. Use Lists to Help You Remember
Before you go to bed, make a to-do list for the next day and put it in your purse or briefcase so there is no chance that you’ll leave home without it. Do the same at the office and when you arrive the next day you’ll be right on top of your tasks for the day. You will sleep better knowing that you will not forget anything, and a good night’s rest is good for the memory too.
8. Create a System to Pay Bills on Time
When the mail comes, open all the bills at once and write the due dates on a big, visible calendar. Each week or when payday comes around, it will be easy to see which bills need to be paid now. Once this becomes routine, you’ll be on top of your bills and need never pay a late fee again.
9. Use a Sense of Humor
If you regularly have memory lapses, make up a humorous response for common situations, such as “I’m having a Senior moment” or “I didn’t recognize you—you changed your clothes.” Don’t ignore sudden changes in your ability to remember; see your doctor right away if you have any concerns or memory changes. You might want to consider enrolling in a Memory Study such as those run by Quincy Bioscience (www.hopetrials.com).
10. Take Care of Your Mind and it Will Take Care of You
Make sure you eat well, drink plenty of water, and take time to relax, slow down, and breathe deeply – a healthy brain will remember better. Exercise your brain each day by doing the daily crossword or Suduko, listening to stimulating music, reading on your lunch hour – anything that takes you away for your daily tasks and allows your brain to be creative or rejuvenate.
For more memory tips order, Memory Tips for Making Life Easier, written by best-selling author, Shelley Peterman Schwarz. Filled with tips for remembering better, organizing your home so things aren't lost so easily, and strategies for making daily life and activities easier, this 167 page, soft-cover book is perfect for anyone feeling the effects of aging, as well as family, caregivers, and health care professionals. Find a copy at your local library, bookstore, or order from your favorite online book seller or from www.AttainmentCompany.com
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