Memory Aids Invented, Discussed @ SSF

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Explorer Shirley starts the conversation by musing about the types of things that help reinforce her memory, such as people wearing name tags. Another member recalls a product that illuminates the pictures of friends or relatives with names, so someone with memory loss can review them.

Shirley goes on to describe a 'memory box' to hold meaningful items and mementos of earlier in one's life that family members can provide. Some contain a person's baby things, but it could be a piece of jewelry, a skate key or pictures that have special meaning. She says that such collections could be assembeled now, for use later. Others mention collections of their own, including a charm bracelet or baby ring - all things that would likely make a person feel good, to comfort and to jog the memory, whether or not they remember all about the items.

The group agrees that one is more likely to remember things from deep in the past, since short-term memory is usually the first to go with age. Things as obscure as pins for baby kimonas, found decades later, can be shared with contemporary siblings to evoke memories. Shirley agrees that a shoebox would probably hold most of the things, but that a basket would be prettier.

Karen observes that the children of today are growing up in a 'throw away' society, and relate more to electronic games and devices instead of those special things to keep. She thinks, and the group agrees, that fifty years from now a memory box wouldn't have the same significance because there are few things that people keep for a long time. 

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from Sequoias, San Francisco circle discussion May 10th, 2016.


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Key words: 
memory box, memory support