Track Your Meds Better with These Memory Tricks

Track Your Meds Better with These Memory Tricks

When you take a daily pill, it can be tough to remember if you're on schedule or thinking of yesterday's dose. So use memory tricks to jog your memory and practice safe medication management.

Be original. Each time you take your pill, do something different. One day, pat the top of your head. Another day, knock on the doorframe. Next time, do a slow twirl afterward. Adding a complex or unusual action helps people remember a routine task.

Enhance Your Memory
Unfortunately, your tendency to forget routine things—like falling behind on medication management—gets worse as you get older. Pairing a quirky action with a routine task makes it more memorable because the action requires you to pay extra attention to what you're doing. Want more memory tricks? Get a day-of-the-week pill dispenser. A little organization may be all you need to avoid missing or doubling up on doses.

Check out the the experts' advice on making medications safer.

More Ways to Make Medication Management Less Work
How faithful are you to your doctor's dosing instructions? How much do you know about the medications you've been prescribed? Your medications will make your RealAge older if you don't take them correctly. Here are some easy tips for keeping them safe:

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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