Managing your memory can seem like an overwhelming task. But like any task, it is best taken in incremental steps; this will help you better fulfill the task of properly managing your memory in a way that benefits you and limits the impact that memory problems may have on your life. The following is a step by step guide to the 6 most important steps to follow when managing your memory.
Step One: Learn what counts as "normal memory"
The first thing you need to do when managing your memory is learn what constitutes normal memory and what does not. In simplest terms, you need to understand what may be considered a normal amount of memory loss—such as not remembering the name of a childhood teacher—and what is considered abnormal—such as forgetting the names of living family members or forgetting how to perform a simple task.
Step Two: Determine how normal your memory is
Once you have learned what constitutes normal memory and what is considered abnormal, you need to determine how normal your memory is; this is best done with a consultation with a professional who can help guide you through the process of understanding what is normal and abnormal in terms of your memory and potential memory loss.
Step Three: Treat your memory loss
Once you have determined the extent of your memory loss, it’s time to begin treating it. Your treatment plan will vary depending on the reason for your memory loss, the extent of the memory loss, and other physical and mental factors that can be analyzed by a professional. Your plan can include physical therapy, wellness therapy, at-home care, and more.
Step Four: Modify your lifestyle to complement your memory loss
You will need to take steps to modify your lifestyle in order to complement and work around your memory loss. This can mean simple modifications such as writing down a list of tasks that must be done every day on the fridge to remind you of them; or more significant modifications such as having at-home care, moving into care facilities, and more.
Step Five: Strengthen your memory however possible
There are many ways you can help strengthen your memory, including but not limited to: keeping your mind active by reading books, playing games such as chess, doing puzzles, and completing memory exercises and programs that are designed to help people with memory loss and similar conditions. The more you do these types of activities, the better chance there is that they will have a positive impact on your wellness and help improve your quality of life.
Step Six: Plan for your future
The final step to managing your memory is planning ahead for your future. Is your memory loss expected to continue? If so, who will take care of you when it reaches the point that you can’t be on your own? Will you be in a facility? Have at-home care? These questions and more are something you should consider when planning for the future.
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