Today I filled out the neurologist's intake questionnaire which I have to complete and send in before an appointment will be scheduled. My husband (67) was referred to neuro after I told his primary care physician what I had been noticing in him the past year or two (short term memory loss, inability to focus, nastiness, depression, combatativeness, forgetfulness, etc.). My husband failed several of the cognitive tests the doctor gave him in the office at his recent appointment. I filled out the questionnaire and consulted with my husband on much of it, which sent him into a minor fury as he says he will tell the neuro that he disagrees with what I have been noticing in him. I gave him examples and he denied them all. He said the "issues" I see in him are present because he just doesn't want to bother with things he just does not care about or are not important to him (even if those things are important to me or other people). He claims he ignores and "forgets" anything he is not interested in. He ended the conversation by saying that he is much smarter than he lets others know he is. Is this sort of denial common when dealing with patients in the early stages of cognitive issues? Because, if it turns out that he has just been "playing dumb" from disinterest or apathy these past few years....then we have a whole other problem to deal with. Lastly, this may or may not be significant but one of his doctors noted to another of his doctors in a letter, 7 years ago, that he felt my husband was at risk for vascular disease. We did not even find this out until last fall when we took his records to an endocrinologist that his PCP referred him to for depression, ED, fatigue, mood swings, etc. The endo did not find any problems in blood work done at that time.