• Andrew Ampers Taylor

A.A.A.D.D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This serious illness tends to strike the older person - this is how it manifests itself with :


I decide to wash my car. As I start towards to the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.


I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the bin under the table, and notice that the bin is full.


So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first, but then I think that since I’m going to be near the postbox when I take out the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.


I take my chequebook off the table and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke which I had been drinking. I’m going to look for my chequebook, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.


I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the fridge to keep it cold.


As I head towards the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered.


I set the Coke down on the counter and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.


I decide I’d better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.


I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water, and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.


I realise that tonight, when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.


I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get a mop and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.


At the end of the day; the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren’t watered, there is still only one cheque in my chequebook, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.


Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long and I’m really tired. I realise this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my email.

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