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My friend is 66 years, intelligent, witty and very active.

He would ask my about a medical check up and we'd discuss it in depth but the next day he'd ask the same question again, completely unaware of the fact that we'd already talked about it in length the previous day. This keeps happening. He does remember everything else about the day. Is this the beginning of worse things to come? Please explain!

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All old people have "seniors' moments" aka benign forgetfulness. I have my share of them, daily.

BUT what your friend has is something quite different and darkly threatening. This isn't just simple forgetfulness, but sounds like something much worse. He really needs to be diagnosed professionally but complete blanks in the memory like that are huge warning signals.

I won't spell it out -- because we can't do a diagnosis by Internet, even if we had the qualifications -- but do persuade him to see a doctor.

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There's no way to tell. How long have you known him? Is this new occurrance, or was he always absent minded? Doctor should see him, if there is problem.

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he could be......
[] under some stress
[] taking or misusing a prescribed med
[] taking an illegal med
[] has or has had a recent mild concussion
[] has high blood pressure
[] diabetes (?)
[] on set of early dementia
you should talk to a doctor about this

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Sounds like early onset dementia or alzheimers. Have you discussed this with his family?

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Age is the devil. You work so hard your life long only to crumble, fall and forget when time comes to enjoy it.

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Ain't that a fact. Dementia is the one thing that terrifies me about old age. Anything else I can cope with.
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Me, too....
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