Memory is a process in the brain that allows you to take in information, keep it and recall it when needed. Having a brain injury can affect any part of this process. It can also make it hard to learn and remember things. It’s very common for people to experience some memory problems after a brain injury. Usually people have more difficulty remembering recent events or learning new events. But every brain injury is unique and every brain responds differently. Some people experience problems with short term memory while others have good short-term memory but have problems with long term memory. Memory problems can be frustrating but we’re here to help you with practical strategies and tools to manage it.
Identifying memory problems
For clients in our services, our Psychologists or Occupational Therapists can assess your memory to see where exactly your difficulties lie and what approaches will help the best. While there are no quick fixes for memory problems, there are practical things we can help you do to manage them.
What can memory problems worse?
- Fatigue and lack of sleep
- Illness or poor health
- Experiencing strong emotions like anger, anxiety or depression
- Write everything down so you remember what you have to do. You may choose to keep a diary of things in your mobile phone and set reminders or you may prefer to use a whiteboard on the wall or diary notebook. Find what works for you. You may like to use a combination.
- Signs and labels are very handy prompts to have in your home such as on wardrobes and appliances
- Use a pill organiser for taking medications
- Plan rest breaks in your day because a tired brain makes it harder to remember things
- Set a routine for your day or week
- Keep checklists for key activities like locking up the house if you’re going out or turning off the oven after cooking
- Bring a family member or friend to take notes when you visit the doctor
- Don’t be afraid to tell family you have memory problems. Being open and honest about it will help other people understand you better and help their
communication with you.