When it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), one of the most common symptoms is memory loss.
TBI can damage parts of the brain which handle learning and remembering, affecting short-term and long-term memory. A person suffering from a brain injury can have a difficult time remembering new information, recent events, and what’s happening day to day.
Additionally, TBI may also affect prospective memory, also known as “remembering to remember.” This means remembering plans such as important appointments and birthdays long enough to act on them. Some people may not even remember the injury itself.
How Can I Strengthen My Memory?
Fortunately, compensatory strategies are the best way to restore the brain’s natural ability to learn and remember. This approach uses memory devices which we all use to make up for our brain’s limited memory storage.
The following are some common compensatory strategies to help work around memory issues:
- Avoid distractions before starting on something that you want to remember.
- To make sure you understand what people are saying, do not be afraid to ask them to talk slower or repeat what they said.
- Have enough time to practice, repeat, or rehearse information you need to remember.
- Set up a “memory station” at home where you can store all items you need to take with you, such as wallet, keys, and cellphone.
- Use your cellphone, notebooks, or organizers to keep track of important information.
- Use a pillbox to make sure that you are taking your medicines at the appropriate time.
- Use checklists to keep track of what you’ve accomplished.
While having memory problems can make remembering these strategies difficult, ask a family member or friend to constantly remind you of them. Over time, these strategies will transform into good habits.