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Trouble Following Directions

imagesWorking memory is the ability to temporarily hold information in one’s head in order to complete a task. It is the active part of mental memory. Those who have weak working memories find it hard to think creatively at the same time they are trying to remember directions for a task.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 11:21 am

    You talk about children… but what about adults? My mom has a friend (he’s 78) who seems incapable of following simple directions. Like how to put a Keurig coffee pod in the machine and turn it on. Or how to use an inhaler (breathe out, press the inhaler while breathing in, hold breath for 4 seconds, exhale). This man is fully functional otherwise, drives a truck, goes out to social events, has a normal life. We are trying to figure out if this “inablity” to learn new things or perform simple instructions is just resistance on his part, or if there is some sort of mental problem going on. Does he just want everything done for him, or is he really not capable of doing what someone is telling him, step by step, to do? It’s a bit worrying.


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