This is a handbook full of practical ideas to use with anyone who is experiencing mild to severe memory difficulties. The suggestions and activities can be used when working with individuals or groups. The strategies can, in fact, be used by anyone young or old, who has become worried about loss of memory. The handbook provides: information about how memory works and different types of memory; an outline of what can affect memory; strategies to aid memory; activities to practice using the strategies; and activities to keep the brain active and maintain memory. The resource is aimed at staff in care environments such as residential homes, day centres, social clubs, support groups, carers or anyone who might be concerned about loss of memory. It promotes understanding about memory difficulties and provides a wide range of strategies and activities to aid response to individual need. Approximately 200pp; A4 wire-o-bound.

part 1|15 pages

About memory

chapter |6 pages

How Does Memory Work?

chapter |7 pages

Ageing and Memory Loss

part 2|70 pages

Daily living strategies

chapter 1|2 pages

Challenging false perceptions

chapter 3|2 pages


chapter 4|2 pages


chapter 5|1 pages

Retracing your steps

chapter 6|1 pages

Using reminder notes

chapter 7|2 pages

Using cognitively stimulating activities

chapter 8|3 pages

Retrieving memories

chapter 9|2 pages

Writing a diary or journal

chapter 10|2 pages

Getting about

chapter 11|2 pages

Improving working memory

chapter 13|2 pages

Remembering future events

chapter 14|1 pages

Dealing with external distractions

chapter 15|2 pages

Writing things down

chapter 16|1 pages

Remembering where things are

chapter 17|2 pages

Giving verbal reminders

chapter 18|2 pages

Creating connections

chapter 19|2 pages

The journey method

chapter 20|3 pages

Using memory notebooks

chapter 21|2 pages

Using memory books

chapter 22|1 pages

Using special interest books

chapter 23|1 pages

Using memory boards

chapter 24|2 pages

Developing sensory awareness

chapter 25|2 pages

Making the most of mental images

chapter 26|2 pages

Utilising emotions

chapter 27|2 pages

Memorable moments

chapter 28|3 pages

Dealing with internal distractions

chapter 29|3 pages

Remembering numbers

chapter 30|2 pages

Overcoming stress

chapter 31|2 pages

Depression and memory

chapter 32|2 pages

Physical exercise and memory

chapter 33|2 pages

Eating and memory

chapter 34|2 pages

Sleep and memory

part 3|81 pages

Exercises and activities for practising strategies and to aid memory

chapter |1 pages

Memory Diary

chapter |3 pages

Memory Audit

chapter |2 pages

Boosting Confidence

chapter |2 pages

Changing Negative to Helpful Self-Talk

chapter |5 pages

Identifying Sensory Strengths

chapter |5 pages


chapter |5 pages


chapter |2 pages

Themes for Diary or Journal Writing

chapter |4 pages

Association Tags

chapter |2 pages

Visual Memory: Maps

chapter |1 pages

Visual Memory: Colour

chapter |3 pages


chapter |3 pages


chapter |2 pages


chapter |2 pages

Mental Agility

chapter |2 pages

Mathematical Conundrums

chapter |3 pages


chapter |4 pages


chapter |3 pages

Remembering Names

chapter |2 pages

Remembering What has Been Said

chapter |2 pages

Consolidating a Memory

chapter |4 pages

Word Games

chapter |1 pages

Pocket and Handbag Numbering

chapter |3 pages

Rhythm and Rhyme

chapter |3 pages

Learning to Relax and Focus Attention

chapter |4 pages

Games to Boost Energy