I got this from an old classmate, and since we’re within a ‘Certain Age Range’, I’m passing it on to you so you can watch for similar symptoms.
“I’ve recently been diagnosed with AAADD . . . that’s Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder!!
This is how it goes
I decide to water my garden .As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the table that I collected from the letter box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that it is full..So, I put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.
But then I think, since I’m going to be near the post office when I take out the rubbish, I may as well pay the bills.
I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking.
I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I won’t accidentally knock it over. I notice that the Coke is getting warm, and I resolve to put it in the fridge to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye – they need water.
I put the Coke on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.
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 worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control.
Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realise that tonight when we switch on TV, I’ll be looking for the remote control, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the front room where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.
I pour some water in the flowers, but some of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote control back on the table, get some towels 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 worktop, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only one cheque in my cheque book, I can’t find the remote control or 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 perplexed because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I must talk to someone about it. But maybe I have already tried to get some help for it. Unfortunately I don’t remember to whom.a