Monday, 14 March 2011

Forgetfulness, Senility or Dementia

I am a little worried that I might be going senile.  I often have trouble these days finding the exact word that I want when I'm speaking.  It's strange  because it  doesn't happen that much when I'm writing. 

Sometimes I buy things that are on special offer, even if we don't actually need them at the time. I'll just put them away and store them until they are needed.  The trouble is when I open the store cupboard I find one or more of the same already in there.  I should have saved my money.  I also have a number of places  for these little caches, and I find myself thinking, "I know I bought one of these last week, But where on earth did I put it?"

This morning I took books back to the public library, intending to find some more I'd like to read.  When I got there, I found my library card was missing from my handbag.  I must have taken it out a few days ago, when I went on-line to renew the books I had to avoid paying fines for taking them back late. In fact I should have paid a fine for a book I thought I had taken back weeks ago and recently discovered it was still here. But I couldn't pay without my card, and I couldn't borrow any more books, or the Eat, Love, Pray DVD I'm dying to watch.

Sometimes I think about other things while I'm brushing my teeth.  Then I can't remember whether I actually used the mouthwash that finishes off that routine.  I'm sure sometimes I do it twice because  I can't remember the first time.

Often it's my hubby who finds things we need, or that I've misplaced. I've forgotten where I last took off my specs, or put my gloves when I came indoors. we laugh about it, but it's a bit worrying, all the same.


I'm a senior so is it just me at my age?  Or is this more common than I thought?  Are you a forgetful person?

10 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

We all experience everything you have mentioned at one time or another. It could be that there are so many things going through your mind all at once, it causes the forgetfulness. Being online and blogging and doing all the things that you do is good in stimulating the mind so not to worry.

jakill said...

Thanks for being so reassuring, Jo.

Connie Myres said...

Everyone forgets things, now and then. I forget things too, especially when I'm distracted. If your family and friends aren't worried about you forgetting things, it's probably normal.

jakill said...

Chers, Connie. You and Jo are probably right. I hope so. What bothers me is how much and how often this is happening. But now I've got it off my chest, I'll try and put it out of my mind. Funny how it's not easy to forget things you'd rather not remember.

Russ aka Grampy said...

Jakill I really don't think you have a problem at all.Us old people do all sorts of strange things. Now if you put your specs in the freezer or your gloves in the medicine cabinet then you may have something to worry about. A lot of it may be that you are worrying too much. If it really bothers you, your Doctor can do test to check you out.
I always tell everyone I am old what do you expect.

jakill said...

OK Russ. I don't think I'm ready to get a medical check just yet. See how things go for the next year or so. LOL.

Maitri said...

I'll be 57 at the end of the month. I...

I know I came here to write something or other but now I don't remember.

I have a real relationship with the refrigerator. It's not so much about the food it's about how many times I go there, open the door, and gawk inside wondering why I went there.

The refrigerator and I are very close.

I got a Vonage phone because it was a cheap phone for an office/studio phone since I have only had a cell phone for years. I don't remember how a real phone works. I don't remember what a real phone looks like. Now I can't get rid of the Vonage phone because I have to use it all the time to call myself so I can find my cell phone. I just wish it could find my car keys and my glasses...

Sigh...

Join the club. I'm not sure if I'm one or all three. I really can't remember...

Maitri :)

Ratty said...

I think it's a little more common than you think. I forget things all the time, but I'm a bad example. A lot of times it's just from being very distracted by other things. The fact that you can write without this problem shows that well.

jakill said...

Maitri and Ratty - thank you so much. Following my other commenters, and everyone basically saying the same thing. Isn't it wonderful how many ways there are for people to say it, and how creative you all are? I now have complete faith that I can stop worrying.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

You might want to read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a fiction book about early onset Alzheimer's. It's very interesting. Here's a link to our review of it if you're interested: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2010/11/still-alice-by-lisa-genova.html

I am more forgetful than I used to be, but figure as long as I can remember all these computer log-ins and passwords, I must be okay.

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