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Memory Aids


Ways to help remember names, events or belongings


About Memory Aids 


Memory aids are tools that help us remember things better. These could be simple things like sticky notes, calendars, or alarms on your phone. Others are more advanced, like apps that remind you to take medicine, or special watches that buzz to help people with conditions like ADHD stay focused. Even automation of our smart home can help to remember for us. Below are some other, stand-alone devices to consider. Whether simple or complex, memory aids make our lives easier by helping us keep track of time, tasks, and information.

What kinds of memory aids are there?


Electronic tags are available to help you find lost objects. You can put one of these tags on your keys, your wallet, or your television remote!

Some of these tags, like Tile and Chipolo, use Bluetooth technology. They connect to an app on your phone and show you where you left your belongings. If you are carrying your phone, the app can also alert you that you have left something else behind before you get too far.

Other devices, like Esky Key Finder, use radio technology. They do not have a map or a location alert. They just beep to help you locate the item. This might be a good choice if you only lose things within your house, or if you don’t own a smartphone.

Life Logging

Pictures and audio clips can help us remember events better than a written diary. Microsoft’s research on the SenseCam is a good place to learn more about this strategy, sometimes called lifelogging, as it relates to memory. While the SenseCam is no longer available, you can find other wearable cameras like the Narrative Clip.

Related Apps


For more helpful tools, check out the calendar and reminder systems page.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


  • finder tags
  • bluetooth tracking devices


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?