An important first strategy is to consider your environment. Try to reduce the amount of information that your brain has to remember as this will lessen the burden on your memory engines.
- Identify a special place in your house for keeping important possessions such as keys and wallets. Always place the items there and always search for them there. Place a notepad next to the phone for writing down messages.
- Keep a reliable filing system for personal correspondence and other important documents such as insurance policies.
- Write down login names, passwords, account numbers, etc. in one place and store them safely.
- Some of us have incredibly messy desks with papers all over. If we need to find a particular piece of paper then we have to remember where it was stockpiled. Rather get organised and keep things properly filed to free up memory space for important stuff.
Written by Dr Frans Hugo, MBChB, M.Med Psychiatry and Dr L. Van Wyk, MBChB, M. Med (Psych) from the Panorama Memory Clinic.
For more information visit: Dementia SA: http://www.dementiasa.org/ or Alzheimer’s South Africa: http://www.alzheimers.org.za