Thank you for your reply.
After a conducting a great deal of research, I recently came to the conclusion that I'm an Aspie (I scored a 40 out of 50 at http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aqtest.html
). Since I'm 56, relatively successful (married, raised a family, employed full-time), it's a little late for me to begin spending money to confirm my self-diagnosis. Throughout my life, I've had trouble with short-term memory, i.e., remembering names, birthdays, telephone numbers, dates and times of events, shopping lists, specific lists of items, etc.; however, I'm good at remembering faces and experiences that I had from long ago (usually embarrassing or unpleasant ones that I'd rather forget). When taking exams, I score high on multiple-choice questions, but poorly on essay or listing questions. My life is full of post-it notes and email that I don't delete because I'm afraid that I'll forget to do something or I will need to refer to it later (which I frequently do). I use 3x5 cards or notes whenever I'm forced to make a presentation or speak to a group in public because I have difficulty delivering impromptu speech or remembering the points that I need to cover. I originally thought that joining of Toastmasters might help, but I dropped out after receiving critiques that I was speaking in monotone and reading too much from my cards. I have a good job and am successful at work, but my notepad is my companion, wherever I go.
I've tried memory books, courses & nutritional supplements over the years, but nothing seemed to work. I'm open to new ideas & suggestions from this forum.