32 In Fabulous over Fifty/ Health Lifestyle Choices

Memory loss….am I still ok?

 

Do you find yourself forgetting things? I bought an iron from Amazon 2 months ago. It arrived and I was (sadly) thrilled! I ironed everything in sight….do you think I can find the damn thing? I have hunted high and low and have had to revert back to my old one…wth? 

On Friday morning I got into my truck to take Tank to school…he loves school…a mom can just tell! Anyways, my glove compartment was open. I didn’t think much of it. When I got into the truck to pick him up later that day, I opened the console to get to the cooler to put his water in…yes, he is THAT spoiled! The lid of the cooler was missing. I had my car detailed a couple of days ago and assumed the guys forgot to put it back on. Steve and I took Tank for his evening walk and I noticed a black, square, piece of plastic laying on a neighbour’s property. I had seen it that morning and that’s what prompted me to pick it up. It was the lid to my cooler!!! Someone had broken into my truck and taken it!! Other than the lid and a $5 bill nothing else was taken…whew! BUT THEN…I remembered when I took Tank in the morning I couldn’t find my key fob with the attached house key that I use daily. I grabbed the spare fob from the closet. It got me thinking that I must have left the keys in the car overnight! If the key is in the car the car remains unlocked! Now I am in complete panic mode as I am picturing some kids breaking into my car, removing my keys and maybe they are thinking they will give the keys to someone else that will try to use them. I scrambled looking all over the house…upstairs, downstairs, in drawers, pockets, purses, washer and dryer….they were nowhere! Holy sh** I got on the phone right away and called a locksmith. Thankfully a super nice guy came over and changed the locks for us. I then took my truck to my sons for a sleepover so nobody could take it from my driveway as I cannot get the Fob changed until Monday. Let me tell you….first of all, I felt like a complete idiot…Second of all, Steve was definitely not happy with me…thankfully Tank couldn’t care less and just followed me around the house while I was looking for the keys.  He is a great little helper even though he did manage to steal my bra while I was preoccupied with searching. At 3:00 AM this morning I woke up and thought….’hmm, I wonder if the keys are in the backpack I use when hiking’. The first thing I did when I got up this morning was reach into the front pocket and pull out the keys AND my driver’s license that I didn’t even know was missing!!

Is this normal? Do I have a memory problem?

There have been other things lately…I forgot to take Tanks leash to school. I set the alarm on my phone to ring at 2:30 PM the other day and still cannot remember why. I asked Steve to pick up some milk for me because I had forgotten to get some at the grocery store that day…except I didn’t…I had milk the entire time! I completely forgot that I invited a couple to join us for dinner on Canada Day. Don’t even get me started on the number of times I have left the stove on. Thankfully, once the pot has been removed from the element it shuts itself off. Who knew I needed that safety feature?

I take Lyrica for some nerve issues that I deal with…it can cause confusion and drowsiness. Maybe that is the problem.

I enjoy a CC & Ginger almost every night…maybe it is too much. Maybe that is the problem.

Perhaps I am just super forgetful or I have a more serious issue. Maybe that is the problem.

I turned to the Alzheimer’s site for some information…this is what they say on normal vs dementia. 

Normal Aging Dementia
1-Not being able to remember details of a conversation or event that took place a year ago 1-Not being able to recall details of recent events or conversations
2-Not being able to remember the name of an acquaintance 2-Not recognizing or knowing the names of family members
3-Forgetting things and events occasionally 3-Forgetting things or events more frequently
4-Occasionally have difficulty finding words 4-Frequent pauses and substitutions when finding words
5-You are worried about your memory but your relatives are not 5-Your relatives are worried about your memory, but you are not aware of any problems

Normal – I am 5 for 5. Although I think Steve might be worried about my memory issues! 😉

Dementia – I am pretty good remembering details and conversations, so far I am able to recognize everyone in my family, I did forget Canada Day, guilty of number 4…Number 5? I think maybe my family and I are both worried about my bloody memory!

However, according to the above chart, I am happy to say I am in the normal range…tra la la. 😀

The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada suggests the following for coping with normal age-related memory issues

  • Keep a routine
  • Organize information (keep details in a calendar or day planner)
  • Put items in the same spot (always put your keys in the same place by the door) hahahahha I should have read this before!!!
  • Repeat information (repeat names when you meet people)
  • Run through the alphabet in your head to help you remember a word
  • Make associations (relate new information to things you already know)
  • Involve your senses (if you are a visual learner, visualize an item)
  • Teach others or tell them stories
  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Learn more about what you can do to maintain your brain health and strengthen your memory

Obviously, if you are really concerned about memory loss you should see your Dr. Forgetting someone’s name, or where you put the iron or even forgetting to turn off the stove does not necessarily mean that you are getting dementia. Maybe we just do too much….all this multi-tasking…we need to remember to slow down. Now that we are of a savvier age we need to remember that it is not a necessity to be superwoman! How often have you preached to your kids to slow down, stop and smell the roses….we are the guiltiest of not practising what we preach!

Drop me a line BELOW and let me know what you’ve forgotten that has you wondering if you are off your savvy rocker!!

 

(don’t ask me about the font change partway through this post…I have tried for the past 1/2 hour to fix it….🤬)

This is Tank at school with all his buddies. I love the little guy beside him….he’s looking at Tank like ‘buddy  what’s with the tongue hanging out?’ 💕  🐕

 

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Leslie
    July 6, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Being married to Steve for so long has finally taken it’s toll🤪🥰

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      Marion
      July 6, 2020 at 9:57 am

      OMGOSH!!! YOu are probably right! I never even thought of that Leslie!!!! I hope Muskoka is being good to you! Enjoy this beautiful weather.

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    marion hunter
    July 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Haha. This is a good one M and the memory issue is quite familiar. I was happy to check off at 5/5 normal ✔️. This pandemic has our subconscious worry gene on full tilt I think and that affects memory as well. Love your list . Thx. Ummm Marion…right?!? 😀

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      Marion
      July 6, 2020 at 9:55 am

      hahah….I thought YOU were Marion…now I am really confused!!! LOL….anyways Marion, thanks for dropping me a line. I think you are right in that our worry gene is on full tilt. I feel like I have a ton on my mind. Too much time on my hands I think! Have a wonderful day.

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    Val
    July 6, 2020 at 9:29 am

    This is such a good read Mare! Yup things change as we…..mature! Hate to say it!

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      Marion
      July 6, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Val. I can’t believe I went through all that! DUH! What a dope! Have a great sunshiny day!

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      Lauren
      July 7, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      LOL you and technology 🤦‍♀️ Great post Mare!

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        Marion
        July 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

        🤪 🤷‍♀️ Thanks Lauren. LOL

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    Steve Duffield
    July 6, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Leslie …’Being married to Steve so long has finally taken its toll’. Very disappointed. Expect that from others, not from you. Have erased you from my favorites list.

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      Marion
      July 6, 2020 at 11:44 am

      You are going to have nobody left on your fav list! xo

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    Deborah Dennison
    July 7, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Marion, I can’t thank you enough for ‘normalizing’ my memory loss. I was able to blame it on chemo for the first year but now I can say I scored 5/5 on your Normal aging list. LOL. You made my day!

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Deb!!! I am happy that you are in the normal range…more important you are with us! xo
      So happy to have made your day.🤗

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    Brenda
    July 7, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Great read Mare. Been there and done that! Good to read it’s normal!

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Brenda. Good to know that apparently everyone else is with me on this…the normal not so normal list! LOL

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    Joan Livermore
    July 7, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Great read Marion! So scary when we start to second guess ourselves….. and as usual I love the comment section.

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for commenting Joan. I love hearing from people especially on subjects like this. Knowing I am not alone makes me feel so much better!!LOL

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    Mary Lynn
    July 7, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Well i feel much better now- think i am in the normal range as well. Biggest thing for me is calling my kids or grandkids the other ones name 😂 they answer anyway. I find men are much worse at forgetting where they put things, i work part time and the guys are always asking me where they put something and i might add they are young. I do think we all worry about dementia etc as we get older😩
    Think i will just have a glass of wine and forget everything-dam it’s only 7AM 🤣

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      I do the same with my family….at least we are calling them names FROM our family and not outsiders!! LOL
      I would say I am more forgetful than Steve…but I also think I verbalize it more. He could be losing things daily and doesn’t say anything. lol
      …..go for the wine ML…dodon’t worry about the time. Pretend you are in Paris…at least it will be afternoon! xo

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    Suzanne Colasimone
    July 7, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Lol!! What a great post Mare. I’m 5 for 5 as well however I’d be worried if I forgot that I’d invited guests to dinner. Knowing you, I’m certain you handled it very smoothly and everything was “Perfect “. You are always the hostess extraordinaire. We’ve all been there. Thank you so much for making us all feel better. Oh dear….. just remembered I have Pilates.

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Well my guests were very nice people 😉

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    Rose Scherle
    July 7, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Loved the stories Marion. So nice to friends going through the same things. I thought I had Ted’s birthday card but when I when to sign it it said anniversary. I gave it to him anyway and just changed the anniversary to birthday. Do you think Ted thinks I am losing it. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ Rose

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      HA HA Rose!!! At least it wasn’t a sympathy card!!! LOL

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    Patti
    July 7, 2020 at 8:56 am

    You think it’s bad at your age…wait until you gat to my age!

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Say it isn’t so!! You know you are the lady that I aspire to be Patti!!!!

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    July 7, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Glad to see I’m still in 5 for 5 even though I still call everyone in the family the wrong name, right Catherine !! ha ha ha. Mom

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      haha…the amount of times you called me “William, Jim, Stuart I mean Marion” still rings in my head!! LOL

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    Betty
    July 7, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Do I know you???? Just joking! Good to hear that I am still in the normal range or maybe not??

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      You definitely know me and there is no getting rid of me!!! xoxo

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    Mo
    July 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I hope I’m still on his favourite list!!!!!! He’s in mine!!!!!!!
    Got a kick out of this Maresy……I think we are all in the same boat…..or is it ship??????

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      Marion
      July 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      I am sure you are still on his list…not sure about CJ though. My boat crashed…we are on the same ship…or is it shi*! LOL

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    Cathy Farley
    July 7, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Hahahaha… too funny…. don’t worry happens to us all.. I can’t count the number of times I go downstairs to get something and before I’ve even gotten to the bottom I forget what I was coming down for… Go back upstairs start doing something else and all of a sudden remember why I was going downstairs…duhhhhhh…. probably to get another bottle of wine….

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      Marion
      July 8, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Lol I can just picture you doing that Cathy!!!
      Never mind…the night after I wrote this blog I did the most ridiculous thing!!! My toothbrush was in the downstairs powder room. I wanted to take it upstairs when I went to bed. I put it on the railing so I wouldn’t forget. I got upstairs and realized I forgot it. I went downstairs again and it wasn’t on the railing. I checked the powder room, kitchen, family room, went back upstairs checked all over. I had no clue. I used a spare toothbrush and went to bed. As I pulled the covers over there was my friggen toothbrush!! How on earth did it get there. I am actually blaming Tank. He MUST have done that. I couldn’t have been the absent minded…could I?

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