It's normal for the ability to recall information to slow down as
we get older. Your recall time won't necessarily improve, but if
you cut yourself some slack and give your memory the time it
needs to retrieve information, you'll often be able to access a
memory that might seem lost at first.
This is related to giving it time. If you get worked up about not
being able to remember, the resulting anxiety may get in the way.
Martha Weinman Lear makes this point nicely in her entertaining
and informative book about normal memory loss, Where Did I
Leave My Glasses?
Organization doesn't improve memory but makes you less dependent
on it. The logic of your system will guide you, so your overtaxed
memory doesn't need to stumble through on its own.
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