Memory strategies - a problem-solving approach

When applying strategies for remembering things, you might find it helpful to follow these steps.

Identify the problem

Example: ‘I sometimes forget people’s names.’

Decide how much it matters to you

Example: It happens a lot. It can be embarrassing. (It may be that some things matter a great deal, like forgetting a close friend’s name. But will it really matter much if you forget the name of a celebrity who you’re unlikely to meet?)

Think about how you might help yourself

Example: ‘I could carry a small photo album with people’s names next to their photos or save them as contacts with photos in my mobile phone. Or I could tell people I’m a bit forgetful, ask for their name, and then repeat it in conversation.’ (Other examples are given on the following pages.)

Practise your strategies and see what works for you

Example: Rehearse your strategies with a close friend or partner. They can support you to learn. You will then feel more confident when you go out.

Living with memory problems

Read our practical advice for living with memory problems.

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