My memory behaves a lot like a Magic 8 Ball
these days. My thoughts stay on the surface of my mind briefly and then retreat into the background and are difficult to summon again. This is common with aging, but it is something to be fought. There is too much at stake. I look for ways to adapt and compensate for memory loss. I have developed some systems for keeping track of paperwork, things, and time. They all involve the same items:
- a calendar
- a tickler file
- file folders labeled with the months of the year
The calendar represents the present, orienting me in time. The tickler file represents the future, helping me keep track of upcoming events and needed actions. The labeled monthly file folders keep track of the recent past…here is where I find proof of a paid bill or correspondence.
The best book for family discussions about what needs to be done when handing on personal possessions.
This is for all the “Grandmas” out there who want to be in charge of what happens to their ‘stuff’. You need to be strong in order to wade into the rooms full of accumulations.
Manifesto # 1 – You need to be going through your stuff.
Manifesto # 2 – Sorting is therapy.
Manifesto # 3 – Everything has a story to tell.
Manifesto # 4 – Be kind to yourself… ” No shame – no blame”
Manifesto # 5 – Some people will be unhappy.
Manifesto # 6 – “Fairness” varies.
Manifesto # 7 – It’s Yours, not theirs.