My father is 91 years old. He is still pretty sharp mentally. However, for the last year, we have noticed hIs conversation is changing. For example, when he tells us what he is going to have for lunch he gives us step by step details. He will say, "I am going to go to the refrigerator and get the left-over soup. I will put some in a bowl and add a little salt and pepper. I will put it in the microwave to heat while I get some crackers. I will eat about 2:00 because I had a sweat pastry about 10:00 that I bought at the grocery store last week. I will pour a glass of milk and drink it while I set in the recliner.
He goes through this amount of detail for everything he does. He will describe how he plans to take a shower. " I will go to the bathroom and turn on the water and adjust the temperature while I am taking off my clothes. Then I will get in the shower and get wet. I will turn off the water while I soap up. I will turn the water back on and rinse off. I will dry off with the small brown towel because I will not be wet enough for a large towel."
It is great that dad is still able to do these things, but is this amount of detail a sign of approaching dementia? These are just two examples of the step by step details he gives regarding anything and everything he does. He and mom (age 88) still live in their home. When they are both well, they do a pretty good job of taking care of each other, but they have both had some health issues the last couple of years. Family is nearby. Someone goes by the house or calls them daily.
For several years, he has included a lot of detail when telling us stories about his past. He gives names of every person involved, where they worked, turn by turn instructions of where they lived, etc.
Perhaps he is just exercising his brain, but he does not seem to realize he is giving us this much detail. Any else experienced this?