Originally Posted by mej1
My mother is around 60 and for the past few years she sometimes doesn't remember or retain the information I tell her. This is very unlike her. I know memory problems are more common as we age, but this is ridiculous. I think she's too young to have this be an everyday occurrence.
Did you read the news about Pat Summitt? She's a famous basketball coach and was just diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. And she's only 59. However, she will continue coaching with people around her who will help her when necessary.
One way to find out for sure about your mother is to get her tested. I believe there are some doctors that offer simple memory testing for free. Then if they think more in depth testing is needed, they will let you know. Perhaps you could even find out how to give her a simple test yourself. It can't be that complicated. Make a short list of common household items and see how many of the items she can retain in her memory, after a brief lapse of time.
Example: Soap, Apples, Beans, Broccoli and Bread. Let her study the list for a minute or so. Then take the list away and see how many items she can remember 5 minutes later. If she's not memory impaired, I think she should remember all five items.
Let us know how it works out.
Joke: An 80 year old couple goes to the doctor for a check up. The doctor tells them that, physically, everything is fine but that they are both suffering impaired memory. So he tells them they should make notes....."write everything down".
Later that evening they were both watching TV and the husband decides to get up and go to the kitchen. His wife says: "While you're up, get me some ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream." He says, "okay". Then she asks: "Aren't you going to write it down?" And he says, "no, that's easy.....I'll remember it."
About 5 minutes later he comes back with a big dish of bacon and eggs. She takes a long look at it and says, "you forgot the toast." :-)