Dr. Gary Small, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Small, one the nations top brain health experts, frequently appears on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Oz Show. He is co-author with his wife Gigi Vorgan of many popular books, including The New York Times best-seller, The Memory Bible, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. He is author of The Mind Health Report newsletter.

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Car Keys Lost Again? Here's Help

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A couple of years ago, I got into a bad habit of misplacing my car keys. They would seem to just disappear for hours at a time, leading to some pretty inconvenient situations. Finally, to rid me of the habit, my wife placed a box in the kitchen where all family members had to leave their keys. 

 

Creating memory places is one of the best practical methods to avoid misplacing frequently used objects. It’s easy to do at home or at the office. I put my glasses in the same place on my bedside dresser every night before I go to sleep. I keep my sunglasses, wallet, and change in the same place so I don’t forget them when I leave the house in the morning. If we give some thought to our memory places, making sure they are logical and convenient, they will serve us well.

 

Of course, when you’re traveling, memory places can be more of a challenge. Recently, I nearly lost a pair of expensive glasses because I was distracted and forgot to pick a memory place in the hotel room. Now I am systematic about placing glasses, keys and wallet in a particular drawer in every hotel room I stay in.

 
Dr. Gary Small reveals how you can improve your memory and mental sharpness in The Mind Health Report.

 

 

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