Write lists and notes to yourself and keep them in a place where you won’t lose them. A computer, dictaphone, personal organiser or Filofax might help. Small photo albums are good for storing flat items you want to have at hand such as notes to yourself, stamps and address stickers. Try having a pen and paper in each room. Before making a phone call write a brief memory jogger to say who you are ringing and what you want to say. This is also a good idea for doctor’s appointments or any situation where you might forget something important. You could also ask to tape record a consultation so you can listen to it again afterwards. Make sure you keep a record of all appointments in a diary or calendar. If you have difficulty keeping track of time, try a watch that beeps regularly. Set a timer to remind you to stop an activity before you do too much. Set an alarm for your favourite television programme or other time you want to remember (if necessary, write a note of what it was for). If you tend to forget where you are going and get lost, write out directions to frequently visited places. Pillboxes can be obtained with different days and/ or times on the lids, so that you can tell if you have taken your tablets (ask a chemist).

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