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I found this article interesting as well as informative. So far a doctor has not mentioned any of these things. How often do I ever speak at an appointment?? We do not easily notice these small changes in ourselves. No one else does either unless it is something major. I live alone and rarely see any one else. I know my speak dyslexic at times and cannot find words or think a word and something else comes out totally unrelated. Mostly I say nothing. I go to the doctor and stare at their back or a lid of a laptop. It seems the norm now. 🙁

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You can be your own teacher and defender because you are still interested in being the best you can be. Everyone declines with age, and most people keep working their minds to keep it functioning effectively. Living alone is very difficult, as I have done it for 12 years now and most people don't realize that I need company and comfort for the sad, gloomy days or when I have pain. It takes effort for everyone to keep old bodies working smoothly. The body and mind work together and that is just common sense which you seem to possess. The only thing your doctor diagnosed is that you are slowing down in your thinking, and everyone does that eventually. Are you putting your socks in the refrigerator? If you aren't doing weird things, and you can still fix your meals or afford to eat out, you are as normal as the rest of us. Find someone to talk to who can cheer you on for a life worth living. We are on your team! Dorisena

@parus It can be tough to ask questions at an appointment, especially with a computer seeming to take up the provider's attention, but it's so important to be an advocate for yourself and speak up! It may be helpful to write down your questions in advance and mention early in the appointment that you brought a list of questions. If you are noticing cognitive changes that concern you, let your provider know, and ask if a neuropsychological evaluation (or updated evaluation, if you have not had one in a year) would be indicated.