What’s the hardest thing about living with mild cognitive impairment? For many people with MCI, it’s memory loss.
Are you struggling with memory? Does it drive you crazy, and make your life miserable and frustrating?
Maybe you walk into a room and you can’t remember why you went there. Or you try to remember someone’s name and just draw a blank. Or you’re forever searching for your keys or your purse or your reading glasses.
Some of the ways you used to remember things aren’t working anymore. But that doesn’t mean your ability to remember is gone. You can learn new ways to remember.
It’s called memory compensation. It’s a set of skills you can practice and master, and as you do, you may be surprised how much better you can start remembering things again.
In this three-part series of training videos, I show you simple but effective techniques to compensate for some of the most common memory problems faced by people with MCI:
- Losing or misplacing things.
- Not being able to remember names.
- Forgetting something you need to do in the future.
These tips and tricks are part of a memory system developed at Baycrest in Toronto, where they run an amazing, world-class program that’s helped thousands of people with MCI over the years.
Memory problem No. 1 — Losing or misplacing objects
In this first video, I show you how to end the frustration that comes with not being able to remember where you put your keys or your wallet or phone. Watch the video and learn the Baycrest way to stop losing or misplacing things so you’re not continually having to hunt for them.
Did you find that helpful? Ready for more? Let’s continue on to a couple more of the most common memory problems faced by people with MCI.
Memory problem No. 2 — Not being able to remember names
If you have mild cognitive impairment, you know how frustrating memory loss can be. So imagine how hard it must have been for HM. He’s the most famous case of total amnesia ever studied by science. He couldn’t remember anything — until he tried a new memory technique and got amazing results.
HM found that he could retain some short-term memory if he took a new memory or piece of information and tied it to an older, hardened memory. If it worked for HM, it can work for you. In this second video, I show how you can use that same technique to remember names.
Memory problem No. 3 — Not being able to remember something you intend to do in the future
You walk into a room, and for the life of you, you can’t remember what you went there for. It’s a common frustration for people with MCI. But there’s a solution. It’s a technique called: Stop. See it. Say it. Don’t be fooled by how simplistic this method sounds. It’s remarkably effective.
I hope you’ve found this training series beneficial. I encourage you to try the techniques you’ve learned here, and if something works for you, share it. Let me know by leaving a comment below, or sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.