As we advance in age, we may develop memory problems that will affect our ability to recall medical, social, or personal appointments and commitments. What makes us forgetful and how can we best monitor that behavior?
There are several theories why we may forget; however, in simple terms, things we should be doing are often pushed aside to accommodate things we want to do. Missing appointments and commitments can be a burden. It can lead to illnesses that should be monitored, disappointment by those that may rely on us, and a neglect of family and personal duties that may trigger an unintended financial cost.
There are some easy-to-use methods that can serve as a reminder for appointments and commitments:
- Written list of groceries and appointments placed on the refrigerator by magnets.
- A dry-erase message board with information written on it by dry erase pen.
- Using pill boxes for medication reminders.
- Use journals or copy books to keep track of daily activities.