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Old 04-05-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: USA
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I am having a rather peculiar kind of senior moment. I have lived in Portugal for fifteen years and speak a decent amount of everyday Portuguese. I can read considerably better, though I have lost the ability to read novels. I only use Portuguese to read a paper or to shop usually.

What I find happening is that sometimes I cannot remember a particular English word, but the corresponding Portuguese word comes immediately to mind. If I spoke Portuguese a great deal, I would not find this really unusual but considering that I don't it seems bizarre.

It happened to me this morning with the word "trash," which would not come to mind. I hemmed and hawed, and then I said the Portuguese word "lixo." The English-speaker I was talking to said, "You mean trash?!" Well, yes. I would have had I been able to remember it.

Don't feel bad, it happens to us in which our mother tongue is other than the English language (Spanish language in my case)
After living away from the friends and family circle for many years, one tends to forget words and way of doing things, I know it happened to myself when I visited family, so I resorted to what it's call "Spanglish" .

Sorry for the OT.

Carry on.

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Old 04-05-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I was in my 20's when this happened: my boss came in the ofc and asked if I could give his car a jump and I ask him did he want to come over to my car or............duh....I realized that was a stupid question!
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I often have to walk around several rows of cars to find mine and it does seem to get worse as I get older.

One time, I could not find my silver blue Honda Fit after about 5 minutes and started to get panicked. I then remembered that I had driven the dark blue BMW because my husband needed the much better mileage Honda for a longer trip.

I think being too busy or stressed out exacerbates the CRS syndrome. My BIL had the most extreme story of forgetting parked cars. Being a surgeon, he is under a lot of stress, has to carry a beeper/cellphone and expects to receive an emergency call 24/7!

One evening after work, he was out enjoying an evening meal with my sister and got a call. Since the hospital was not too far away, he drove back to the hospital to check on the patient. Luckily it did not take too long so he drove back to the restaurant.

After the dinner, he could not find the car. After a long search, they suspected the car was stolen so they filed a report to the police, and contacted a friend to drive them home. The next day, they bought a new car. Few weeks went by when they were back in the restaurant area for another dinner. While driving around to find a place to park, they spotted their 'stolen' car!
This story reminds me I thought my car was stolen in Boston when I was in my 20s, Boston was known as the city to have your car stolen. A month later, I got a letter, my car was in a tow shop. It's not just senior moment, it was junior moment.
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Old 04-05-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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....But enough about me - how can you read a newspaper, but not be able to read a novel? Unless it's just eyestrain getting to you after reading awhile?
I cannot read novels any longer because I have not kept up with reading fiction, and literature employs a much wider vocabulary than newspaper reporting, and the development of plots are more leisurely, subtle and oftentimes purposely misleading, which complicates comprehension.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I tend to forget the word I need or I'll go in the store specifically for one item and walk out with 10 items and not one of them is the one I really went in there for.


Today was the kicker though. I was leaving for work and grabbed my car keys and then proceeded to try to turn off the TV with my car remote. My car horn beeped two times before I figured out I wasn't holding the tv remote.

I've done something similar. Trying turn off the TV with my cell phone and stuff like that. Nothing beats what I did the other day though. My daughter came to see me and we had a good visit. Before she left I wrote her a check so she can get some things she needs for her new apartment and...I spelled her name wrong!! lol I can't believe I did that. I named her! Debra. I spelled her name Deborah on the check. She laughed and laughed and wouldn't let write another one. She works in a bank so won't have trouble cashing it. She can't wait to tell her friends how her own mother forgot how to spell her name! I figure she'll start wondering about me getting Dementia or something.
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Old 04-05-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I cannot read novels any longer because I have not kept up with reading fiction, and literature employs a much wider vocabulary than newspaper reporting, and the development of plots are more leisurely, subtle and oftentimes purposely misleading, which complicates comprehension.
Judging from your proficiency in writing (the above, anyway), I don't think your ability is in question, but if you are at all like me, then it is difficult to make the commitment of reading a novel when there is so much more information so easily available on the Internet and in magazines.
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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The walking into a room and forgetting why I've done forever. So does my son. He was staying with his aunt for a while, and she called and asked if he did that, since she'd ask him to get something and he's say okay, and then be back asking what she wanted. I assured her that was quite normal, especially if he was playing games or reading.

I tend to lose things and completly forget where they went, but remember what it looks like, like 'in a box'. Always have.

The most annoying is when I go to the store for a couple of things but don't do a list and when I get there have no idea what I was looking for. GRRRRRR

I'm writing this alternate startrek history when they lose the Dominion war, and it has more origional characters than from the show. I keep a list of people and their family members and their ages and what they do so I can look it up. then.... when I'm busy and really doing good, I decide not to write it down *now* and have to go all the way through many pages when I can't remember where I left my poor characters. I've also tried keeping a list of the main characters and where and what happening since once its on a page it kind of evaporates from the need to remember file.

The worse was when I was taking meds... I had to manuver with notes. Just one reason I do not now.
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:57 AM
 
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Don't feel bad, it happens to us in which our mother tongue is other than the English language (Spanish language in my case)
After living away from the friends and family circle for many years, one tends to forget words and way of doing things, I know it happened to myself when I visited family, so I resorted to what it's call "Spanglish" .

Sorry for the OT.

Carry on.

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Old 04-06-2016, 03:13 PM
 
Location: CO
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LOL on the Debra vs Deborah! Reminds me what happened on Easter. We were at dinner with family and also people I didn't know, who were family of one of the new in-laws. I overheard a conversation in another room where the people I didn't know were discussing 'Gloria.' I turned to my daughter-in-law and said who's Gloria? She said, "I'm Gloria!" I remember feeling shocked as though I had forgotten her name, but that's not possible.

This has really worried me and I've been trying to understand why I didn't connect the name Gloria with my own daughter-in-law. Was it because I thought virtual strangers might have been discussing a Gloria in their family? Not a very common name nowadays. Or am I on that slippery downward path? Yikes. I find most senior moments funny but this one wasn't.
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Old 04-06-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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LOL on the Debra vs Deborah! Reminds me what happened on Easter. We were at dinner with family and also people I didn't know, who were family of one of the new in-laws. I overheard a conversation in another room where the people I didn't know were discussing 'Gloria.' I turned to my daughter-in-law and said who's Gloria? She said, "I'm Gloria!" I remember feeling shocked as though I had forgotten her name, but that's not possible.

This has really worried me and I've been trying to understand why I didn't connect the name Gloria with my own daughter-in-law. Was it because I thought virtual strangers might have been discussing a Gloria in their family? Not a very common name nowadays. Or am I on that slippery downward path? Yikes. I find most senior moments funny but this one wasn't.

I still can't believe I did that! It's really embarrassing, isn't it? Another thing that happened, that same day, was when she showed up at my work and first thing I asked her was "How come you're not working?". She said, "Well, ummmm, maybe because it's Saturday??". lol


I don't worry too much about either dementia or Alzhiemers (sp) with me. Of my entire extended family only one has had dementia...my paternal granddad...and one aunt had Alz.. The rest of us just suffer from "senior moments". I wouldn't worry about you either. Just consider it fodder for a few laughs down the road...after the embarrassment wears off.
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