Memory is the ability to learn and remember information.
Memory involves three steps:
- Understanding the experience. (INPUT)
- Storing the experience in the brain. (STORAGE or THROUGH-PUT)
- Retrieving the memory or “remembering” the experience. (RETRIEVAL or OUT-PUT)
If you have difficulty with even one of these steps, you could experience difficulty with your memory.
Some examples of why you might struggle with memory: aphasia following a stroke; poor concentration or attention; distracted; language barriers; slower processing speed; concussion or brain injury; dementia; stress; depression; anxiety.
If you have problems with step 2, you will likely find learning new information very challenging. A few strategies to try include:
- Break complex information into simple steps.
- Write the steps down.
- Practice the steps. Repetition is very important.
- Allow ample time for the learning of new information – don’t rush.
Working with an Occupational Therapist may help to provide other tips and strategies for improving your memory or compensating for your poor memory.