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Old 03-31-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I've been wandering into rooms and forgetting the reason for decades! But I am having problems with vocabulary, which is really one of my strong suits. And names. I can't bring up names sometimes, especially if the name is fairly new to me. Even after I have learned it and associated it with a face, I can draw a blank on the name.

My latest senior moment was yesterday. DH was at the gym. I left the house to do errands. I remembered all the stuff I needed to take: my list, Goodwill donations, my need to pick up prescriptions. I got on the road, and couldn't remember if I had turned off the gas fireplace! Luckily I had. I texted DH and he texted back after awhile that the fireplace was off.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I think this is a senior moment: Inquiring of the produce employee stocking cantaloupes (which is
what I wanted) how to tell when a watermelon is ripe? Duh? My words didn't come out to what I was
thinking? Now I'm really worried?
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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We can all be grateful for the spread of gender-neutral restrooms.

Goodbye to walking into the wrong one by mistake!
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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today i was making some frozen turkey sausage links . i put them on a paper plate and was thinking microwave but instead i put them in the toaster oven with the paper plate .

i am like what the heck is that smell ? the paper plate was smoldering .
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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Ever go into a gas station, pay for gas, go back out to the car and drive away without putting the gas in your car? I could blame that on a senior moment, but I did that when I was in my 30s. Just goes to show you stuff happens to everyone at all ages.
I did that...Two years ago at 54....then I got on a freeway....on fumes... no less and there were no exits for miles...that was an awful day...but I laugh about it now....
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:42 PM
 
Location: CO
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry over your senior moments! Seriously, if we did any of those things when we were younger we'd have laughed it off, now we worry if we're headed for dementia. I feel better reading your senior moments though.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:38 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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My senior moments involve losing my vocabulary when I want it. Altzheimers runs in my family, so it is probably related to that. I remember reading that people with large vocabularies do better because when they can't think of the word they want, they can at least use another one. .
Cool, I have a large vocabulary and speak several languages, so when the time comes for senior moments, can I pick from the other languages, too?

(When I first started to learn German, for example, it was about the time that I was of legal drinking age. Both of those were combined when I traveled in Germany, Austria and Switzerland [and others] at the age of 21 and went out with German-speaking friends. Thereafter, for a number of years, I literally could only speak German whenever I had a drink, as alcohol and German were inseparable for me.)
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Yes, some isolated mental lapses are inexplicable.

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Ever go into a gas station, pay for gas, go back out to the car and drive away without putting the gas in your car? I could blame that on a senior moment, but I did that when I was in my 30s. Just goes to show you stuff happens to everyone at all ages.
I've posted this story before in similar threads, so apoligies to those who are reading it again. I would guess it was about 20 years ago - if correct I would have been 51 at the time. I put my ATM card in the machine and went to enter my four-digit PIN. I couldn't think what it was! It was not a new PIN, but one I had used dozens of times, one that I used at least twice a mnth. To say I was shook up would be an understatement - I was totally freaked out, thinkng that my life was then over as of that very day. I didn't know what to do, so when the card came back out of the machine I put it back in my wallet and drove slowly around the neighborhood, trying to think what to do. After about five minutes, the PIN came to me, so I returned to the ATM and got my cash. Such a thing has not happened again, and I have no explanation for it.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:20 PM
 
Location: CO
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I've posted this story before in similar threads, so apoligies to those who are reading it again. I would guess it was about 20 years ago - if correct I would have been 51 at the time. I put my ATM card in the machine and went to enter my four-digit PIN. I couldn't think what it was! It was not a new PIN, but one I had used dozens of times, one that I used at least twice a mnth. To say I was shook up would be an understatement - I was totally freaked out, thinkng that my life was then over as of that very day. I didn't know what to do, so when the card came back out of the machine I put it back in my wallet and drove slowly around the neighborhood, trying to think what to do. After about five minutes, the PIN came to me, so I returned to the ATM and got my cash. Such a thing has not happened again, and I have no explanation for it.
You and I had the same experience, and yes, it was years ago. It really shook me up. To this day I keep my PIN number in the notes in my locked phone, though it never happened again. Strange things indeed!
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:16 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I've been losing on my vocabulary in my 30s. I pointed to the door and said window. Of course my poor husband had to do the translating. My kids often joked that's the reason why they did so well on the SAT. Obvious reason is that they had to do a lot of guessing coming from living in my household to survive, good preparation for the SAT.
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