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Memory Tip Sheet

Memory is the brain's ability to retain previously experienced sensations, information, and ideas. Memory impairment makes it difficult to recall, organize, or process information.

Look for These Difficulties

  • Inconsistent with steps of tasks or daily activities
  • Difficulty recalling previously learned information
  • Difficulty learning new information/organizing several pieces of information
  • May appear inattentive, mentally foggy, forgetful
  • Lacking follow-through with activities or instructions


  • Keep important items such as keys, wallet, papers, in one designated location.
  • Set reminders for yourself.
  • Write things down in more than one location such as on a paper calendar or in your phone.
  • Keep a journal. At the end of each day, write down what you accomplished and what you would like to accomplish the next day.
  • Try learning a new skill or language to improve working memory.
  • Label items in your home. (label cupboards, rooms, or label perishable foods with the date it was opened/prepared)
  • Schedule recurring appointments for the same day and time each week.

Do not push yourself too hard.