You stand in the kitchen, thinking: I came in here to do something — but what? Or you pay for two hours of parking but forget to return in time to feed the meter.
While these irritating little memory slips do become more common with age, you don’t have to resign yourself to fumbling through life like an absent-minded professor.
By learning a bit about how your memory works, and building on brain functions that either remain stable or actually grow stronger with age, you can outsmart normal age-related memory changes.
What’s more, many of these strategies can also help you compensate for the brain fog associated with chemotherapy, and some chronic illnesses.
Many thanks to the three interviewees who so generously shared their time and expertise: Dr. Christina Gojmerac, a neuropsychologist with the Seniors Mental Health Program and Clinical Neuropsychology Service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Ont.); Heather Palmer, national director of cognitive wellbeing at Amica Senior Lifestyles; and Dr. Susan Vandermorris, a clinical neuropsychologist and director of training, with the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto.