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I am convinced that my boss has alzheimers.  I’m not quite sure how to handle this.  He’s an older gentleman.  I can usually figure out how to “manage” my boss.  But I have no idea how to handle memory loss.  (He just asked a co-worker the same question about the same meeting 3 days in a row.  He keeps getting the details wrong like location, who we‘re meeting with, etc.  This is just one example of many.)  Have you ever run into this in the workplace?

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      Angell Law wrote May 28, 2009
    • My boss has Adult ADD and she is very forgetful and unorganized. She will ask us questions that we’ve already given answers to or not remember conversations but we know this is a result of her “condition.” She is not elderly...she is in her mid-40s. We think she needs meds if she isn’t already on them.
      Does your boss have a boss or someone who you might be able to take your concerns to? Perhaps that person can talk with your boss or even keep a closer eye on things. Maybe they could send him for a physical if they feel his work is declining because of his forgetfulness. It might be hard to do that though without offending him so tread lightly.




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      Safari wrote May 28, 2009
    • If there someone “close” to him or his family at the company? Maybe someone close to him/his family about this issue? Like: Mr. with all my respect but I have this concern about this and that. Are you feeling well? Let him know that you care for him. May be he will start takig care of his health. Good Luck!




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      Bluerose wrote May 28, 2009
    • Yeah ... talking to his boss is not an option.  I’d doubt he’d do anything even if I did talk to him.  He’s 500+ miles away and tries no to deal with us much.




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      Tuliplady wrote May 28, 2009
    • Blurose, I had a similar situation a few jobs ago.  My elderly boss couldn’t seem to get anything straight in her head and I too was worried about Alzheimer’s.  Even mentioned it to her daughter and son-in-law.  

      Turns out it was mainly huge amounts of stress causing the confussion.  She’d had a surgery, was loosing her business and didn’t want to admit it, trying to “keep up appearances” and all that.  It was just too much for her.

      Is your boss under a lot of stress?  Worried about retirement (or not being able to afford to retire) or troubles at home?

      Tulip




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      Bluerose wrote May 29, 2009
    • He doesn’t have any children & I’ve never met his wife so there is no family I feel comfortable going to.  However you might be on to something about the stress.  We just finished a large, high-profile project.  The end result was successfull & we‘re getting cudo’s from our headquarters.  I would think that with the lower stress level from the project being over his forgetfulness would lessen.  For some reason it seems worse.




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      Denise Herich wrote May 29, 2009
    • Wow, that’s a tough one.
      AGree you cannot approach him on it.
      Geez, I really don’t know, sorry




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