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71 year old brilliant and active man can't remember what he just heard a minute ago, asked the same questions over and over. He is short tempered and must consistently tap his wife's leg or back and ask her is she is okay. A few months ago he kept running a fever and shaking with diarrhea for months. He was tested and nothing found.

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Was any medication started several weeks or a few months before this started happening? Has he had any neuroimanging (CT, MRI) or other workup done at all? (Not sure what is meant by "can't find anything wrong" - could mean anything from a normal physical without a decent neuro or mental status exam, versus a massive workup with no positive results.)
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I don't have any experience with short term memory loss in the elderly and I'm not a doctor, but there's a site called HealthTap where you should go to ask these questions and get it answered for free by doctors. It's always a good idea to get a second medical opinion on these things. Here's a question someone else asked about short term memory loss in the elderly:

Try it and let me know if it works for you. Good luck!
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Fever and diarrhea indicate he had a serious infection or parasites. Doctors rarely check for parasites in people, but always suspect them in pets. Go figure.
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I'm not sure how he was tested. Perhaps his medication needs to be reviewed, some medications affect people in different ways.
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