We’ve all lost our keys (or phone or paperwork) and wonder where they disappeared to. In fact, the average person misplaces up to nine items a day! The Wall Street Journal reports on a survey that found that one third of the respondents spend an average 15 minutes a day searching for items.

The article says that everyday forgetfulness isn’t a sign of a serious medical condition, but it can worsen with age. Stress, fatigue, and multitasking can also contribute to making us more forgetful. Read this article for some strategies on how to not be so forgetful, which includes a great list of tips for finding lost items.

Whether we want to get rid of our forgetfulness or keep our brains sharp as we age, Americans are spending more than $1 billion on “brain fitness” such as brain-training websites like Lumosity. That site alone has nearly 60 million subscribers! But what does the research say about the effectiveness of brain games?

Well, it’s mixed, according to this article in Washington Post. Some studies have found that brain training can be effective in helping us with memorization, for example, but researchers say that more studies need to be done.

“Does getting better at remembering random letters or numbers mean that you won’t put your car keys in the freezer?” the article asks. One neurologist says that brain training is really just a fancy term for “good old-fashioned learning.” Read more.

Many Americans may be spending their money on brain training to hopefully stave off or prevent neurocognitive disorders (NCD) such as Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, NCDs are the second most feared disorder (after cancer). AOTA Press has a new box on NDCs that reviews occupational therapy-based interventions for people with NCDs. Read more about the book Neurocognitive Disorder (NCD): Intervention to Support Occupational Performance here.

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