Here are some tips to improve your memory and concentration if you have Parkinson’s disease:
- Write yourself reminder notes and put them where you’ll see them. For example, if you have an appointment in the morning, tape a reminder note to the bathroom mirror so that you will see it first thing.
- Set an alarm on your computer, microwave, watch, or pager to remind you to take medications, to drink or eat something, or to exercise. Leave a note on the alarm or the computer, so that you know what to do when you turn off the alarm.
- To help with time and sequencing, create a calendar for the month with large squares for each day. Write down appointments, special events, and symbols for the weather in the appropriate square.
- To keep track of daily events, purchase a spiral note-book. Start a new page for each day. Begin the day by recording the time of day and what happened. For example: “8:00 Breakfast (French Toast); 9:00 Talked to sister Ann.”
- Keep your memory active by reviewing the day’s news events with a friend or neighbor. Read the daily newspaper together and then quiz each other on details of the stories that most interest you.
- To help you remember whether or not you have locked the door say out loud, “I’m locking the door” as you lock up.
- We often think of things that we need to remember at inopportune times, like in a darkened movie theater or out walking the dog. If it’s inconvenient to write yourself a note, take off your watch or wedding band and put it on the opposite hand or double-knot your shoelaces. That way, you will give yourself a reminder that there is something you want to remember, and you can make a note of it at a more convenient time.
Here are some tips to improve your memory and concentration if you
have Parkinson’s disease: Write yourself reminder notes and put
them where you’ll see them. For example, if you have an appointment
in the morning, tape a reminder note... More