• 2 months ago

    Forgets About Items in Left Hand

    My father is suddenly showing some signs that I would normally associate with dementia (forgetting to close a car door when going inside, or leaving items out that previously would have been put away, or getting easily confused when trying to send email, for example - all brand new behaviors in the last 2 months).

    However, one symptom in particular is very peculiar. He forgets that he has an object in his left hand. For example, he walked out of a restaurant with a food tray in his left hand after emptying the trash. He will use his phone, but then not put it down, then struggle to use that hand in opening the newspaper because that hand has a phone it (and he is completely unaware of the phone). He walked through the house with a plastic bag in his left hand, completely unaware. When you point out any of these behaviors, he immediately responds, understands, and puts it down.

    He is right-handed. This behavior is always with his left hand. He is 87 years old, and has shown very minor signs of aging, but the behavior described above is very new and alarming.

    Obviously we are going to get him checked out by the doctor, but wondering if this very specific symptom might point to a diagnosis. I read a bit about Alien Hand Syndrome, but that doesn't seem to quite fit.

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  • 12 days ago

    RE: Forgets About Items in Left Hand

    Don't think my experience is quite the same but if, for example, I'm buying something say at a fast food counter, all of a sudden I'm trying to do 3 or 4 things at once. Change in one hand, maybe wallet in the other and what I've just bought somewhere in the middle. I've dropped bills while I'm to juggle it all at once. Ditto with a credit card.