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I have, over the past few months, noticed some signs of dementia in myself and have booked a doctor's appointment. I have had a stressful year and also had what the optician called a 'mini stroke' in my eye for a day, which righted itself the next day and my statins (which I have for high cholesterol) were increased. I have made a list of things that have really been worrying me - some are dangerous, like forgetting that I was cooking, and fat about to catch fire, forgetting that I had put something into a microwave which only needed a few seconds but I put it in for a minute and immediately forgot it until smoke came billowing out, even forgetting for a second how to dip my headlights in the car (I have driven for 40 years and that has NEVER happened before); not being able to 'keep' things in my mind for more than a second, losing threads of a conversation if I cannot continue without interruption, very often forgetting names of objects (eg - 'you know, the thing you cook things in' - ie saucepan; names of people I have known for years, even of my son etc. I have an A4 sheet of things that I have noticed to take to the doctor. What REALLY gets me though is the attitude of people who think THEY are doctors - eg a friend who I haven't seen for years, on the phone when I described what had been happening this year, said, 'Oh, everyone gets like that, it's nothing unusual. You shouldn't make a fuss.' Someone else saying, 'Well, you don't look as though you have dementia'. They are making me feel like I'm making it all up and exaggerating and am on the point of cancelling my doctor's appointment. I know that people get a bit forgetful when they get older but there are so MANY things that are different now. Then I remember that about 6-7 years ago, I was getting terrible, dreadful symptoms with my bowels and someone said, 'Oh, it's nothing - just have some dry toast'. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and have been on strong drugs ever since to alleviate those awful symptoms. Am I wasting everyone's time with going to the doctor about my 'dementia' worries? I have just turned 65. I would appreciate people's views on this. Is it just something that 'everyone' gets when they get older?
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