Memory aids and strategies

1. Helping with memory problems

Memory aids and strategies

People with memory problems have suggested some of the aids and strategies in this section, to help remember things. You might think of them as different tools for tackling different problems. You may have already used some of them.

Look for aids and strategies that fit with the skills you have. For example, if you have never used a mobile phone with a calendar, you may find it difficult to start using one now. Easy-to-use mobile phones – which can only be used for calls and nothing else – are widely available. 

An occupational therapist can offer practical advice. For more expensive items, you might be able to 'try before you buy' – perhaps from a local disability living centre. Whatever aids or strategies you use, people around you can support you to use them.