My father is 75yrs old and has been showing signs of cognitive decline.
I say that broadly because I don't know much about these topics and don't know whether these would be signs of dementia or just aging or other.
Here is what's happening.
He has no problems having a conversation, or remembering your name or things like that, but he has a lot of trouble focusing on tasks that involve following directions like finding addresses, when you explain how to do something in the computer it's like he is literally a 1 yr old and does not listen to you, he has trouble organizing paperwork from his business, etc..
To me it's like he shuts down and does not listen and thinks of anything else while you are explaining something to him or show him how to do something. Simple stuff, like printing an email, or sending a message on whatsapp, despite having done these things in the past.
I am not sure if this is just him not wanting to use his brain and make an effort to focus on what you are helping him with out of being lazy or if he really may have an issue with thinking and focusing.
He also has pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, does not want to want for the life of him, total couch potato and sometimes goes days without showering or grooming. He eats a lot of junk food that he gets himself from the grocery store and will not cook or clean or do anything since he has a nanny that does theses things Mon-Friday. He wants everything done for him, although he still drives (scares the @$# out of us) and goes to places by himself or takes an uber.
So, how do we find out if we are in the presence of a spoiled child or a combination of that and real cognitive issues?
Is a neurologist in order and what kind of tests will tell us more scientifically what is going on with his abilities?
Also, he does not like doctors and taking him to see a neurologist will be difficult.
Thanks for any insight. If you need more info, please let me know.