Should my father go to a doctor?

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My Dad is 71 and has been exhibiting a gradual decline of mental functions for many years. He now has difficulty following multi-step directions, is starting to get disoriented in the small town in which he lives, and repeatedly asks for the same information over and over. However, along with this decline he has not been upset and often laughs off these difficulties. He has never been to a neurologist and does not particularly want to know if anything is wrong with him. My question is whether we should insist upon seeing a doctor at this point. Treatment wise, I very much doubt there is much that can be gained and the knowledge of a diagnosis might significantly depress him. My mother is in some denial and also fears the social stigma of a diagnosis. Has anyone dealt with a similar situation and what would you recommend? At this point it does not seem like a doctor is necessary but I am pretty sure at some point that would help. How sensitive can neurologists be to helping patients who don’t necessarily want to know? Is his mood likely to change and become more difficult? Thank you for sharing any insights.

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    There's a lot of goods medicines for early stages   I agree with lisalisa on co q10   Especially if he is on any statins as they inhibit the production of quininone (Co q10) and squaleen and they also cause memory loss. My dad was taken off these after been diagnosed with Alzheimer's for this reason. I look after both parents that were diagnosed, mum has had it 15 years and we still have good conversations.  She has been on mementamine since diagnosis.
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    Hi Liz, In my opinion your dad should see his GP who should refer him for an assesment. I am speeking from personal experience, as I have been recently diagnosed. It was initially a little disturbing to receive an official diagnosis but after going on meds it is under some control.

    My brief story... I'm 65 and my short term memory had been deteriorating, I kept forgetting things. My long term memory is Brilliant, always has been. But my wife happened to mention it when I went to the Meory clinic. I had some blood tests done  by them. because my wife had some concerns. The result came back Positive for Altzhiemers. It has taken some time to accept my limitations. I don't drive outside our locality now which is difficult to accept but I'm coping ok with it and I'm sure your dad will be ok, with support. Please give him my best wishes. You might want to share my post ...

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