Elusive Memory

Memory, and specifically loss of memory, is a subject that is especially meaningful to me as I deal with my aging parents. My mother has exceptionally strong memories that she relates in stories about her childhood and her early professional career. I have been curious whether through the process of storytelling her memories become more entrenched. What makes certain memories stick and others slide away? How can playing brain games keep the “story” memories alive or do they just help with the short-term memory?

There are many books — fiction and non-fiction– that examine memory loss or amnesia as well as some really good movies.

Here’s my On Memory book/movie list.