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Q & A Section – Yahoo! Answers: Short Term Memory Loss In Elderly

Laura asks…

What are some good suggestions to stop short term memory loss?

So far, mine is good, but I don’t want to end up like these two. . . Two elderly people living in Ft. Myers , he was a widower and she a widow, had known each other for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the big arena in the Clubhouse. The two were at the same table, seated across from one another. As the meal progressed, he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?” After about six seconds of careful consideration, she answered, “Yes. Yes, I will!”

The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places.. Next morning, he was troubled. Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’? He couldn’t remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?” He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart.” Then she continued, “And I’m so glad you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”
What do you suggest we do? ?
SteppinF…/Good to hear this. . I have heard if you catch it eaely enough you can reverse the effects. .

Fearless. . since you did not answer mine, I will not answer yours. . LOL
Top Alpha Wolf. . very good advice ! I answer in Words and Word Play and Homework Help . . to keep mine sharp. . also do Soduku puzzles and love to play strategy games ! Keeping fit does help !!
xxms.laughter/Yongming. . thank you for answering sweetie ! Not to worry about that couple. . they will obviously forget to set a wedding date. . . Thank you for caring though !!! You are a good girl !!!
Tommy & Dismayed. . .good ones !!!
is life really hell in Hell?. . . Know how you feel ! lol

Windy. . I love crossword puzzles too !!!
Angel Girl. . . I do take fish oil supplements . . .it is good to know they help !
Morgan. . . What can I say. . . lmbo. . .hope you are feeling better now !!!
Thanks Patty. . and Angel. . .and Old Fart, you are a corker !!!
Gladys. . love your answer. . . see this does happen in real life !!! lol lol
nightmusic. . vitamin C !! Avoid flour and sugar. . never heard this. . Thanks !
Milou. . .Thanks. . hope you are better
Suzie. . you are a trip !!!

admin answers:

I suggest that the two elderly people do not marry. Okay, I mean is it still love if you couldn’t remember who proposed a marriage? What if they forgot that they wanted to marry at the moment before entering the church? I think the elders’ children should be involved in deciding the situations of their parents being married and the responsibilities and circumstances that come with it. I could not say much about this, because I’m obviously not involved in this, but I would say, “No.” if I were one of the elders’ children.

Betty asks…

Can depression cause memory loss?

Over the last few years I have been battling depression on and off having points where I’m ok, things are pretty normal and stable and then having points where I’m literally at rock bottom wondering how I’ll even find the strength to make it through another day.

Right now I’m in a pretty low point having received some very devastating family news and I’ve noticed that my moods have just been all over the place and my memory has just been awful. I will be in the middle of something and then literally forget what I’m doing part way through. My long-term memory is fine, but short term is just awful.
I’m wondering if depression is behind it, or if I’m in a kind of state of shock. But it terrifies me because several members of my family have suffered with Alzheimer’s and reached a point where they don’t even recognize their loved ones names/faces. I know it tends to effect the elderly but my Aunt suffered with Early-onset Alzheimer’s in her late twenties so I keep fearing the worst.

admin answers:

I get Memory loss with my depression, i cant tell u what i did 2 days ago with out spending an hour trying to remember x

Lizzie asks…

Carotid Artery Sugery on elderly man?

My father is elderly he is 76 and has had 3 bypass sugery’s. He had a very hard time with his 3rd bypass and almost didn’t make it. He doesnt do well under ansethesia it affects his mind. I am worried about him having this procedure, I talked with his doctor and the vascular sugeron but I am still not convinced, they just dismiss the hard time he had with his last sugery, but he went through a big ordeal was totally out of it for 2 weeks with 24hr sitters and in rehab 8 weeks not only for the sugery but for complications due to lack of oxygen during sugery. He was left with short term memory loss and some problems with his congnitive thinking. I want what is best for him but I am not sure this is it. I am afraid it will only make things worse when he goes back under for sugery. Does anyone have any suggestions.

admin answers:

The person you really need to talk to is the anesthesiologist– especially if your dad had problems with anesthesia. A carotid surgery really is quite a minor surgery (as far as recovery and all) and most people are out of the hospital the next day. You have to weigh it with the risks– they do this surgery to try to prevent a stroke from clot pieces breaking off and going to the brain. I know you’re worried, but think of the risks of a major stroke and how long rehab/hospitalization would be then. Good luck.

Carol asks…

How do I obtain both health care and financial power of attorney on behalf of elderly parent?

I need to obtain health care and financial power of attorney on behalf of my grandma who has come down with Alzheimer’s Disease about a year ago
Her health is good, and recognizes me with no problem-she just has a short-term memory loss.

What’s complicating ths issue is that my grandma’s Canadian citizen and is in Korea right now. My dad is in Korea and cannot leave Korea due to work. I live in America so I’m the only one who can go to Canada to do anything on grandma’s behalf. So I need POA
(1) Is this possible at all when grandma and I cannot be physically together to sign the letter of attorney? If possible, how should we do this? If a letter of attorney was to be prepared by attorney in Korea, what additional steps are required to make sure the letter is legitimate?
(2) Can any attorney prepare a letter of attorney for us? (I mean, even a tax lawer?) What kind of attorney is best at doing this? How much does it cost?
(3) Is she considered not mentally competent due to AD?

admin answers:

There is a problem if your grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease — she may not have the legal capacity to sign a power of attorney. I was involved in three situations in the past 5 years where a person did not have the capacity to sign a power of attorney. This is a decision that should be made by a lawyer after consulting with a family physician because there are different degrees of Alzheimer’s. The key is whether somebody has the competency to understand the document they are signing. I am sorry that there is not an easy answer.

There is also a legal issue probably more of interest to attorneys than to the general public. Who is the client? Is it you? Is it your grandmother? There are issues of potential conflict of interest.

The power of attorney document needs to be signed by the principal [the person granting the power of attorney]. The agent [the person to whom the power of attorney is given] in some jurisdictions need not sign the power of attorney. In Pennsylvania, there are particular requirements under statute as to both the form and execution of a power of attorney. In Pennsylvania, the agent must sign an acknowledgement that he understands the requirements of the document and that he must maintain separate records on behalf of the principal and must not commingle the principal’s funds with his own.

David asks…

Here’s something to chew on….?

We met in Oklahoma in February 2000. We were extremely happy until a tradgic automobile accident involving Robert late December 2003. Robert was struck by an elderly woman driving a car. She was apparently driving ( according to the police report ) at a speed of approximately 60 mph down a side street and didn’t stop for the stop sign, striking Robert on the driver’s side of his work van and plowing him into a telephone pole. Robert suffered a tramatic brain injury, resulting in short and long term memory loss. This injury left him very messed up…he can no longer read sentences with “big” words, he is not able to read his tape measure, add, subtract, multiply, or divide simple or complex math problems. We had so many plans for our future…Plans that have been put on hold indefinately because I have been fighting with our auto insurance to get Robert the help he needs to regain at least a fraction of the beautiful mind he once posessed. He also suffered bodily damage resulting in the loss of 30 percent of his right patella and severe right shoulder damage, both of which he had to under-go major surgery for. I have been working 2 full time jobs and one part time job for almost 2 years just to keep us alive. I have 2 children from a previous marriage and Robert and I share a beautiful 2 year old son together. I bought a computer to help Robert to learn to read better and do the math again so maybe he would be able to return to the work he once loved so much and be happy again. I am a nurse and I work several private home cases. I happened to get off work a little early one evening and decided to swing by our house to give Robert a hug and kiss before my next case and tell him I love him. I got out of my truck and tried to enter the front door, which I found to be locked. I went around to the back door, (which is sliding glass doors,) and stood there outside on the deck, staring through the door in shock at what I was seeing in front of me…Robert wasn’t aware I was there…He was on the phone, walking around naked, talking to another woman. I listened to a bit of the conversation and was horrified and shocked by what they were talking about. (you can just imagine by what you guys have obviously shared over the webcam) I opened the door and Robert turned around and took one look at me and turned white as a ghost..I guess the look on my face was enough to make him realize the hurt and humiliation he made me feel. I was working my ass off to keep a $1500.00 a month mortgage paid…not a house in our names mind you…a house that his exwife and him shared at one time and her name was on. I stood by this man through it all, and he has done what to me??? Slandered my personal being, all of which were lies…I have not yet even married him and he says we were divorced a yr. ago…I poured all the love I had into this relationship, and I got my heart ripprd out…Boy, some Thank You, eh? I am a person that needs to know the whole truth about all things, especially when it involves something or someone I love with my total being. You, as a woman, must understand this…So I continued to dig and find out all I didn’t know about what my Robert was doing with his time while I was working 20 hours a day…FOR HIM!!! I lost almost 2 years of raising our children and being there for them like a mother is supposed to be. I can’t tell you the pain I felt, reading the words he had typed to you, awful degrading things about me, when I am obliviously unaware, going to work EVERYDAY, doing what a devoted woman would do for her family in crisis. I have had only one week off since January 2004. I am tired and drained all the time…missing precious time with my children..for HIM…I feel betrayed and used…as you can imagine. He disconnected my laptop while I was chatting with you about him…He has since constantly been overly apologetic and sickenly loving towards me…But, because of his deceitful behavior and lies, I find myself not able to believe anything he says to me at all anymore. I packed up all of mine and my children’s belongings, rented a u-haul and planned on going back to Oklahoma, as far as I could run from this undescribable anguish and emptiness I am feeling, but he filed a court order that I could not leave the state of New Jersey with our son. And I am forced to face daily, the emotions I wanted to run away from…just his presence in the same house with me, thinking of the hurtful words this man spoke of me when all I did was love him was physically painful. He tells me he is so sorry, but he couldn’t let the best thing that ever happened to him in his life…(being me, our son, and his step-children.) get away…that’s the reason for the court order…not to hurt me anymore…wants to rectify the damage and hurt he has inflicted upon me…I have been trying so hard to hold myself together…But, how can one forgive or forget a cut so deep? What’s your input on this one? Think I should let him “redeem” himself?

admin answers:

He can’t redeem himself. He’s a thankless coward. Let him take care of himself you are not obligated. Just take care of yourself and the children. He’s only being apologetic because your his meal ticket. If I was you…I would kick his tail to the curb and wash my hands of him. The only connection you should have is what is best for your child. Good Luck…

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