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Compensating for memory loss

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July 9th, 2009
Compensating for memory loss

What if, despite your best efforts, your memory doesn't seem to be getting better? After seeing your doctor for a full evaluation, follow these tips to compensate for memory gaps: Write everything down. Seems like an obvious solution, but it's simple and it works. Be consistent with your methods. If you write lists, keep them in the same place. If you use a personal data assistant or other electronic device, be sure it's always within reach. If you use calendars, transfer all information to one master calendar. To keep track of important information or tasks that come up throughout your day, keep paper or a small notebook with you. Write down what you need to remember, then deal with the information at the end of the day by transferring it to your master calendar, updating your cell phone alarms, or doing other tasks like making necessary phone calls. Despite meticulous list-writing, there may be certain things you frequently forget. If you always lose keys: Hide an extra set or give them to a trusted family member or neighbor. If you often misplace your wallet or other items: Tracking products are available that allow you to "tag" a number of items to locate with the press of a button. Always forgetting appointments? Set alarms on your cell phone or computer, or keep a small appointment book with you and update it daily. Know when to ask for help: Talk to your doctor, family members, and friends to get help. This publication from the National Institute on Aging ' offers more information about memory loss and when to seek help.