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Quick Tips for Improving Memory

by | Jun 28, 2012 | Practical Suggestions | 0 comments

Memory-related problems are the most common neurological side-effects of living with a TBI. As survivor of an mTBI living with the consequences, I know that being unable to recall events or digest new information and ideas can be both frustrating and upsetting. The following are some practical suggestions to help you register, store, and recall information more efficiently:

  • Decompose tasks and newly presented info into small fragments
  • Stay Organized: Categorize information into pieces (i.e. work-related, tasks, phone calls to make)
  • Use a daily planner, or a comparable phone application
  • Make daily/weekly “to do” lists
  • Post notes, signs, checklists to remind yourself what to do and when
  • Finish one task before beginning another
  • Avoid trying to retain information when tired
  • Limit your use of alchol: Drinking affects memory and cognition, plus having a TBI reduces your tolerance
  • Some medications can affect memory, ask your doctor if short-term memory loss is a side effect of your medication(s)


For more strategies, suggestions, and information on memory-related problems, check out my newest book, Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.



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