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My 80 year old father started forgetting words and had trouble remembering conversations 2 years ago. He had an MRI for something else and I privately asked Dr if he could see any signs of Alzheimer’s. He couldn’t. Now my father is forgetting appts. And forgets to check text messages and email. Is this normal part of aging? Or are these signs of something more? I would love for him to see the Dr again but he doesn’t realize he’s getting so forgetful so doesn’t see the need. Yet plenty of us see it. Anyone else have experience in this? Any Advice would be helpful. Thanks

I agree with Ahmijoy, I also don't check text messages and emails. Personally I dislike this way of communicating [forums are exceptions]. Takes me forever to answer anyone's emails or texts :P

Martz, as for forgetting appointments, I assume your Dad is retired. When one retires every day can become groundhog day.

For myself, I need to jot down the appointment on a large calendar in the kitchen, even though I am still working. No longer can I remember it using my brain as my only appointment book. I still use the old fashioned Day-Timers, no need to charge them up at night :)
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You know stress has a lot to do with forgetfulness.
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Ahmijoy Feb 28, 2019
Absolutely! I have to literally force myself to concentrate lately. Slow down, pay attention and attend to the task at hand.
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Oh, good grief, I hope not! I do the same things! Don’t forget that people our age (I’m 65) didn’t grow up with all this techno stuff. Younger people keep their lives recorded on their phones where we used paper calendars. I frustrate my kids regularly when they tell me they texted me and I didn’t respond. I tell them to “go old school” and call me for Heaven’s sake!

If you know Dad has an appointment, be a good kid and call him the day before to remind him. He has to come to the realization that he’s getting more forgetful by himself and willingly visit his doctor. It’s not an easy thing to admit. You can suggest, prefacing it by telling him you’re concerned and ask him to do it. “for me, Dad.”
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