Angela's April 2018 Letter

Dear Friends, 

The theme of the month was focused on memory. Isn’t it remarkable how we have the ability to recall how to assemble lasagna even if we haven’t made it in years? In technical terms this is called Procedural Memory, a part of the long-term memory that is responsible for knowing how to do things, also known as motor skills. The memory of autobiographical events (times, places, associated emotions, and other contextual who, what, when, where, why knowledge) is known as Episodic Memory. For example, when we recall where we were when the World Trade Towers were hit on September 11, 2001. 

Each day we are required to remember where our keys were left the night before, the time of our dentist appointment, making sure that we buy a gift for our friend and so much more. 

We make new memories every day. Right now, as I am writing the April letter, I am sitting at the Stanton DMV waiting for my number to be called. I am visually absorbing the multitude of people from different cultures, races, and gender. I am listening to different languages and wondering how much work is missed by all of these people waiting to renew, replace or obtain their driver licenses. I’m making a memory and I'm mad at myself for forgetting where I left my driver’s license in my golf jacket when I exited the plane a few weeks ago. Drats I forgot! 

I know it has happened to you too! You've packed your lunch and then left the house without it, have walked into a room and forgot what you were looking for, and maybe even misplaced something of importance. 

At F.B.I. we practiced strategies to improve our short-term memory also known as Working Memory. When we laugh or turn something into a fun activity, we tend to remember it more than when we just try and memorize it. 

I have to remember that I need to slow down in the morning, placing things in sight and using strategies like writing notes to remember daily things or my to do list. We continue to grow personally and as a community when we practice and play together.

Join us this month as we grow emotionally, spiritually and physically and stop in on Saturday May 12 for the Open House. Bring a friend too.

With joy,

Angela Mandas

Speech Language Pathologist

F.B.I. Facilitator