Memory aids, tools and strategies

Memory aids and strategies

People with memory problems have suggested some of the following aids and strategies 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 tools 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 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 disabilities living centre or independent living centre. Contact your local authority for details of your nearest centre, or see the Disabled Living Foundation in ‘Other useful organisations’. Whatever aids you use, people around you can support you to use them.

People remember things in different ways. This means some strategies will work better for some people. Try them out and see which ones work best for you. This may also change over time.