Jethro,I think as we get older, we cannot hold as many things in our memory banks when we are trying to muli-task. I know I have to keep task lists posted while in EACH ROOM , so I can return to task after I am interrupted or after I answer the ringing phone. And yes, but I do not have to answer the ringing phone at that moment. That is why there is voicemail. I give myself a certain time to work on a task, set a time( yes and a timer) then stop; rest or exercise, then return to it , or go to the next task on my list.
I am a retired ( now back to work part-time) speech/language pathologist for chidren with special needs, and I know that small-step paradigms work..My visual memory, which was never as efficient as my auditory language based memory is kind of age-impaired at 57 years old, and I am a bit ADD with moderate hyperactivity. I don't have a long history of severe lows, thus I cannot say that my diminished memory is due to that.
I know that I just have to use memory tricks,the aforementioned lists and pnemonic devices, if I slow down enough to actually use them. I am ok. I know American sign language, so I finger spell peoples names, say the letters and repeat their names when I meet them so I can remember. I use some of the Jerry Lucas memory tricks to remember lists, but writing them in a note book,texting and alarms on my phone are better. I use my GPS ALL the time, as I am not at all proficient with location skills, even on return trips. I can easiy Lose my car in garages and mall parking lots if I do not stop and immediately associate the car with some sort of language based label, a sign, a name. I do not "feel" where objects are in time and space, so I misplace myself and objects more than I would like.
But do I beat myself up for doing this? Naw. Not at all. IT IS JUST PART OF WHO AND HOW I AM. As with diabetes, So far it has not radically nor generally diminished what I want to do in life.
I have got to stop now. The alarm just went off for my 20 minutes on the internet break, and I believe my baked salmon is ready for dinner. A close friends mother used to tell her at mealtime, when she was a child<, "Eat it honey!!Burnt food makes you pretty.".. Well, I should be ravishing by now; but I am not trying for a beauty treatment today !! lol Have a good one and check up with your doc for MRI or cat scans, memeory testing if you really think you have nuerological, structural, or circulatory problems that could be a caustive factor in your perceived memory loss. God bless, Brunetta