By Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, Shell Point Retirement Community
Having trouble remembering where you are supposed to go or how to get there? Here are 8 practical strategies to help manage mild memory loss.
To track time and to navigate your environment:
- Set an alarm clock or timer to remind you when to leave for an appointment or do something in your home.
- Use a map or GPS to help you get from one place to another. Write down landmarks and/or street names, number of miles, and the length of time it takes to get there. Practice these routes by taking trial runs.
- Enlist friends and relatives to remind you of where you need to be and what you’re supposed to do.
- To learn new information:
- Listen closely when someone talks to you and repeat back the information.
- Try to talk with people in quiet places.
- Focus on one thing at a time, and be sure to screen out distractions.
- Keep information simple. Break down new tasks or activities into small stages, then establish a pattern or routine and stick to it.