Remembering tips


Here are tips to help you remember things:

  • Make associations with the things you are trying to remember - even if the associations are silly.  
  • Repeat to yourself what it is you want to remember later.  
  • Make lists either on paper or in your head.  
  • Think of faces when trying to remember names.  
  • Read a lot if you have trouble with vocabulary. Keep a dictionary close by.  
  • Avoid becoming stressed or anxious if you can’t remember something at first.  
  • Keep your mind stimulated with activities, especially as you get older. (This helps keep the nerve cells in the brain active).  
  • Minimize your consumption of alcohol and use of medications that could aggravate your ability to remember.  
  • If you are no longer able to perform daily activities efficiently or if you are uncomfortable by yourself - see your health care provider.

See also Memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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