For those with minor memory problems, most often associated with aging, Dr. Arnold Starr, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UC Irvine, outlines a set of tricks that usually help:
* Train yourself to pay attention to certain details that previously required little thought, such as street names, people's names and directions.
* Get in the habit of making word associations. For example, to remember the street name Equestrian Lane, think of a horse.
* Limit the number of things that require attention. If
you're forgetting things, cut down on your activities--you may be overextending yourself.
* Simplify your life in other ways as well. Do chores on the same day every week so that they fall into a sequence and don't complicate your schedule.