It’s scary when little blips in your memory occur with greater frequency. You can’t find your keys, the remote is in the fridge, and you can’t remember the name of that little town you used to visit in the 80s.
These things happen, and they are normal. As you get older, you have a growing list of memories, and some of them are going to get lost in the fray. You’re not going to remember all the details of relatively inconsequential things that happened a long time ago.
You’ve since learned and experienced so much more.
Mild memory loss does not necessarily lead to further trouble like dementia, but it can. Primarily if it is occurring with greater frequency and breadth. Adopting lifestyle practices like exercise, a healthy diet, brain games, hobbies, and socialization can all help.
But what about the day-to-day things you need to remember? Is there a way to make sure you’re keeping on top of your appointments, medications, and to-do lists? What about not having to look for your keys and wallet?
There are some things you can do to help you out during the day.
One is trying to develop a routine and keep dedicated storage spaces for things like your keys and wallet. When you return home, take a moment to think about putting those things back in there place as soon as you get inside. If you have to take your wallet to another area, get in the routine of returning it immediately.
Sticky notes are another way to remember things. Putting sticky notes on the places you visit frequently—the computer, refrigerator, nightstand—can help you remember the things you have to do. Write them down immediately and use a calendar too.
If you’re on medications, set a timer to remind you to take them. If you can buy a pillbox where you can divide up your medications for the week, even better. It may also be helpful to keep them in plain sight.
Doing these little things can help make your day-to-day life a little easier. To preserve your memory in the future, try to embrace a healthy lifestyle complete with exercise, a heart-healthy diet, socialization, and hobbies.