Our expert says:
Gosh, I hope the Alzheimer's expert hasn't begun forgetting things, too.
A cheerful disposition doesn't protect one from Alzheimer's, of course, though it may leave one a more pleasant person to deal with as the disease progresses.
Remaining socially and mentally active MAY help postpone or reduce the risk of ordinary senility ( the normal falling off of mental function with age ). But Alzheimers is a brain disease, and not preventable by these methods. There is no cure for it, but there are drugs which if taken relatively early in the disorder, help to slow its progress to a useful extent.
Your complaints I can understand would be worrying for you, though they may well be being caused by the anxiety itself and the stress of worrying about him.
A good clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist could do a range of tests to check on your brain function and probably could reassure you that you're doing OK. A neurologist would be able to test better the functions of the nerves and other functions rather than the areas of function you are talking about.
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