Attitude of Gratitude

How often do you make a comment that puts down your memory abilities?  Perhaps you forgot a person’s name or an item you had in your hands a few minutes ago. Maybe you went out to the car and forget what you were looking for.  The list could go on and on.

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, take some time to switch your mindset and spend some time recalling the times your memory worked well. All day long  you recall things and take that capability for granted. Attitude matters. Applaud yourself when you successfully use one of the strategies you created to improve your recall of information or where you put something.

One of my favorite speech therapy activities to do this time of year is to create a gratitude list for my clients and families to use. I list the letters from A to Z and we take turns coming up with something to add that is meaningful to each of us.

One family’s yearly celebration centers around each person bringing 5 pieces of paper, each stating something they are grateful for. After the meal they will sit around and share their favorites. They also put their names on the back and put all of them in an envelope with the year on it, a tradition they had been doing for 5 years.


Spend this week in gratitude. Start each day with gratitude for something or someone in your life. Tell someone why you are grateful for their presence in your life. End the day with gratitude for some little things in your day. Take the idea of the A to Z list to your holiday gathering.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer

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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 ( and Communication Connection( 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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