How to Improve Memory and Focus After Stroke
Stroke, by far is a devastating illness. Those lucky enough not to succumb to death during its fatal attack, leave patients in a debilitating condition. A stroke survivor could experience cognitive impairment after stroke. One-third of them experience cognitive impairment. This is associated with memory loss, difficulty with attention and concentration.
Remembering events, activities or as simple understanding day to day activities is a common problem for most people after they had the stroke. This is because of the damage of the stroke in your brain. The effects depend on the damage that it caused to your brain, can be either mild or extremely serious. We also need to consider which part of your brain it happened.
It’s kind’a funny sometimes because when I tend to forget things, my wife told me that she wouldn’t be surprised if one day I won’t be remembering their names.
Funny but scary.
You may have experienced some of these:
- where you put your car key, wallet or any small things
- Activities for that day
- the conversation you had with someone, especially during the meeting
For me not to miss anything and create a conflict on my calendar. I try to follow the recommended Suggestions everytime I feel like that it might create confusion on my end.
Create a Schedule.
Simple tasks can be missed like which or what medicine to take on that day. Since taking my medication is really important, I have to make sure which sets of medicine to be taken that day, how many tablets of Urinorm, as well as the milligrams to be taken for my blood thinner.
Be more Organize.
Have a place in your house where you could hang your car keys, a table where you could put your wallet or a small box for your jewelry, like earrings, necklace or watch.
I bought this medicine box organizer which has a label on it where it shows each day of the week. I tasked my daughter to put those medicines in each box to ensure that I wouldn’t miss and ensure the sets of medicine to be taken that day.
Keep a Note.
This is very critical when dealing with someone like on a meeting and when dealing with numbers, names or tasks. Your Mobile phone is the number one tool you can use where you can put all your notes or always keep a pen and a notepad f you think it’s more reliable and you can keep all your notes and the details of your meeting.
I am a slow typist, especially when dealing with Touched screens thus I preferred to use a pen and paper as this also lessens any typographical errors.
I prefer Pen and Paper as my effective tools than my laptop or my phone, personally.
Tips to Improve Memory Loss and Focus
The improvement of memory loss and focus is dependent on the severity of damage brought about by stroke, for some it takes years to go back to their normal condition. But, undergoing therapy is the best thing to do to help you recover. Here are some ways you can improve your memory and focus in time.
Board games involve simple grasp and release actions that help stroke survivors improve motor skills as well as their focus and attention. Playing board games also activate the problem-solving skill. This is a good cognitive exercise for stroke patients.
2.Manage Forgetfulness With Visuals and Reminders.
As simple as brushing the teeth and taking the required medication could be a problem for stroke victims. Hence, it would be good to associate things with pictures that would remind you to do certain tasks.
An example could be posting a photo of a toothbrush in an area that’s visible to you. It would remind you of the need to brush your teeth daily. Setting up the alarm of a phone that you could hear audibly is a good reminder that you need to take your medication that time.
The key to recovering brain memory loss and focus is to do activities that would keep the brain functioning slowly but consistently. Consistency and persistence would play a vital role in regaining back your brain’s normal functioning.