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Use Your Senses to Combat Short-Term Memory Problems with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Jan 13 2010 12:00am
The information found here was written by: Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D., About.com Guide to Multiple Sclerosis
Tuesday January 12, 2010

I could deal with the frustration of the cognitive dysfunction that comes with my multiple sclerosis (MS) when it happened once or twice a day. You know - forgetting if I turned off a light after going to bed or wondering if I added a dryer sheet to the load of laundry that was tumbling around.

However, it got to the point where a good part of my day was spent trying to remember what I had done the other part of the day. It started to get stressful and make me doubt my every move.

Then I came up with a little trick and have changed how I feel about my capabilities to function in a somewhat normal manner. It may not sound like such an amazing breakthrough, but give it a try and see if it helps your day go a little more smoothly.

Basically, what I do is try to employ my senses more as I perform routine actions - I smell stuff, feel stuff, taste stuff and listen to things in new ways to try to engage my brain. It has helped me remember medicine that I have taken (and given my children), and where I have put small items.

Again, not rocket science, but this little tip has helped me gain time and confidence. Give it a try.

Read the full article: MS Cognitive Tip - Engage Your Senses

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