Improve Your Memory: Engage Your Creativity

Think of someone you know who you would describe as creative. Not all of us can be artists or writers or redecorate with flair. Do you remember a time when you surprised yourself with a burst of creativity? Actually you may be more creative than you think. Little things you might do every day may take you out of your box and challenge your brain to find a new solution.

Creativity engages your focus and attention as well as your problem solving skills and imagination. It also provides an opportunity to socialize, stay engaged and can brighten your spirits.

Currently I am sorting through closets and drawers in anticipation of a move. My goal in sorting and reorganizing items now is to put them in labeled containers to make moving or storing them easier. While shopping the other day for something else, I saw some very inexpensive food storage containers and wondered how I might take advantage of this bargain. While I shopped I kept thinking of my hall and bathroom closets. Amazing what odds and ends you accumulate after 35 years. Decided to buy a dozen of them and see if it would work. My idea differed totally from my original plan but, after tweaking it a few times, I managed to get everything the way a wanted it and have reduced the clutter by half!  Already it is making my daily life simpler since I now know where everything is. The benefits continue to inspire more new ideas and eventually I will tackle the miscellaneous items in my kitchen and office.

The magazine Real Simple has a section where they offer creative ways to use everyday objects. I thoroughly enjoy the creativity and practicality and have used some of their options as a great brain teaser activity worksheet for my patients.

Look at some of their ideas and try a few. See if it stirs your own sense of imagination. I particularly liked the idea of the dryer sheet to put in books to prevent them from smelling musty when in storage. While I plan to do that as I pack up boxes of books I am not ready to part with, I am going to put some in a box of very old speech therapy materials and see if it helps. I would rather donate the books than throw them away.

Find some ways to engage your creativity this week in unique ways. Observe others creativity. Watch a TV  program that focuses on decorating, cooking or remodeling and see if you come up with a new idea. Enjoy the positive rewards on several levels including challenging your brain.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”  Maya Angelou

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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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