Pulling Your 7 Day Memory Fitness Plan Together

With all the information you hear about what to do to improve your memory, it can seem to be a bit overwhelming. The 7 day memory fitness program was created to help you work on a specific area daily emphasizing  just one aspect each day of the week for a period of time.

Follow that pattern every week for a month or two and you are very likely to notice that you are much more aware of what matters when it comes to remembering. It may help you see how your automatic pilot is contributing to some of those annoying moments of forgetfulness.  The other benefit is that you may gradually notice little changes from one day’s area of focus spilling over into the other days as well. That is the overall purpose of this program!

Pick a week to start when you can give this plan your full attention.  It may be easier for the first month to have a calendar devoted just to your program so you can note what you want to do for each day. Eventually you may just want to jot something down on your everyday calendar or planner.

Here are the 7 areas of focus and the links below will provide you with suggestions to get you started.  Review the blogs for each day and then choose a way to follow through on  that specific key for memory fitness. The following week repeat the process and select something different you could do for the daily theme. Continue with what you picked from the previous week if you feel you want to concentrate on it a little more. Remember it is your plan and this is just a guide not only to memory fitness but for successful aging.

Monday Create a positive mindset. Attitude matters.
Tuesday Improve your ability to pay attention. Be in the present moment. Wednesday Upgrade your lifestyle choices. Better choices can improve your focus. Thursday Develop effective memory props.
Friday Socialize and stay connected with others.
Saturday Incorporate new ways to challenge your brain.
Sunday Create a better balance in your life.

Walking the Path to Memory Fitness – One Week at a Time  is an excellent resource to compliment your 7 Day Memory Fitness program.  Remember to refer periodically to the blog list for additional information and tips on all of these areas. There will also be suggested ways to use them if you are involved with a senior center, a care community or decide to start your own memory fitness group. Do the best you can, have fun with it, ask someone to do it with you and check in with each other at the end of the day.

“Great results cannot be achieved at once;
and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk,
step by step.”
Samuel Smiles

Quick Link to all blogs and resource to compliment your 7 day program:
Memory Fitness Toolkit

About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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