Solution Name: Improving Memory
Reminder notes, calendars, diaries, watch-alarms, oven-timers, leaving objects in conspicuous places all these external aids are acting as cues to memory.
Low tech external memory aids include pencil/paper systems and simple organization tools. Such as the following:
Checklist: used to record lists for items (e.g., shopping list) and/or steps for specific routines (e.g., laundry routine, homework routine)
Wall or pocket calendar: used to record/check appointments and events (e.g., doctor’s appointments, birthdays)
Notebooks/daily planner: used to record/check information across several categories (e.g., calendars, contact information, expenses)
Timer: used to monitor time during specific activities (e.g., laundry, cooking task)
Medication boxes: used to organize medications by day and time
High tech external memory aids include electronic devices that have a range of programming options and uses. Such as the following:
Digital voice recorder: a device used to record information "in the moment" for later recall.
Programmable watch: a wristwatch used for alarms/reminders to help recall important activities/events.
PDA (personal digital assistant): a "pocket computer" with several features including: alarms, calendar, contact information, internet, e-mail, and music.
Cell phone: a mobile phone that includes contact information; several models include alarm/calendar programs, and camera.
Smartphone: a device that combines a full-featured mobile phone with handheld computer functions as well as GPS (global positioning system).
Once the external aid(s) has been selected, the user is provided with the opportunity to explore the aid followed by routine checking on how to check and enter information.
Initially users with more severe impairments should only be taught how to check information; someone else should enter the information for them
It is also possible that the user will not learn to program the device but can respond to the device and use it successfully.
Description: Fridge Calendar Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard
2. Daily Planner
Description: Bloom Daily Planner
Description: Large 7 Day Pill Box