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How to Cope with Short-Term Memory Loss

A number of factors can contribute to short-term memory loss. If it's affecting you, change your routines to get things under control.


  • TIP: Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 support the brain's neurotransmitters in passing signals and information.
  • Step 1: Get a blood test from your physician to check for indicators of a possible ailment. Take prescribed medications, if necessary, to improve your short-term memory.
  • FACT: The journal _Archives of Neurology_ reported in 2010 that a spinal tap procedure had predicted with nearly 100 percent accuracy whether someone will develop Alzheimer's.
  • Step 2: Exercise and stay physically active. Clean up your diet by cutting down on fat and cholesterol, which can act as blockers to mental retention. Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Step 3: Put your keys, glasses, rings, money, and other important items in central locations so you don't have to search for them.
  • Step 4: Perform mental exercises, such as solving crossword puzzles and playing trivia games. Regularly quiz yourself to remember events, information, numbers, and names. Recite the alphabet.
  • Step 5: Hang on to information by repeating the information out loud, over and over again, to commit it to long-term memory. Think of the first letter of a word to jog your memory. Use landmarks or facial features to retrieve names.
  • TIP: Some kinds of short-term memory loss may be abnormal, like forgetting how to do familiar things, repeating yourself, having trouble counting, or understanding time.
  • Step 6: Maintain an organized lifestyle. Keep lists and a daily routine. Use an accessible, prominently displayed calendar that you can reference when short term memory loss interferes with your life.

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