How Do I Head Off Forgetfulness?

Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It seems that forgetfulness is a life experience which accompanies aging.  It doesn’t have to imply something threatening, but it can be very aggravating.  For some reason garage and gate openers disappear readily.   Keys are in a category all by themselves.  Eye Glasses literally leap from one spot to another.  Jewelry and watches have a way of showing up in drawers they were not put.  Kitchens have so many hiding places for frequently used items that it can be a daily search to uncover a utensil.

The book I started night before last is nowhere to be found.  And so, the ritual goes.  It seems that the ritual is also an equal opportunity plague.  My spouse can so easily misplace her cell phone as I do mine.

These notoriously bothersome interruptions in our routine seem to crop up daily.  They steal time, create tardiness, raise serious questions as to sanity.  So, how in the world does one get to the place that such irritatingly bad habits get beaten down until they are no more?

Trying a few measures has sometimes headed off the troubling habit of misplacing so many things.

*Create a place for keys to be hung, near a door, if possible.  Now, how to remember putting them there every time is another problem.

*Be sure when drying and puttting away dishes and utensils, that they go in the same cabinet or drawer everytime.  Now, this means that all parties develop the same habit.

*Garage and gate openers need to be attached to a visor or other convenient location in your automobile.  Just don’t forget to put them back when you use them when not in the car.  Good Luck.

*Eye glasses, particularly if you are of bad eyesight, need to go somewhere that you will be able to see them. 

*Jewelry, like rings and watches, need to go to a safe place, where they can’t be knocked off and under a large piece of furniture or crash, as in watches, on a tile floor.  This is a costly bad habit.

There are other ways to overcome the habits of misplacement.  One, I have tried is to ask my spouse where she put x, y or z.  That usually doesn’t work and frequently only makes matters worse.  No, it’s probably better for you to put a box or a basket on your side of the bed and drop everything in there, so that that will be the first place you look when your night time reading is missing. Cell phones can at least be called.  That one makes the search a little easier.

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