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(MSNBC)   Why does your grandfather tell the same stories over and over? This study says it's because he's losing his memory   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 104
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2010-09-01 01:15:00 PM
You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J.D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run of the house with a big washtub and...hey! Where are you going? Anyway, about my washtub. I'd just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a walking-bird. We'd always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called baseball...
 
2010-09-01 01:22:52 PM
what?~!
 
2010-09-01 01:37:59 PM
I was just talking to somebody, and....
 
2010-09-01 01:39:49 PM
Oh subby, I hate you.

/Who are you again?
//You look like my bratty son.
///Where are my teeth?
 
2010-09-01 01:48:12 PM
Hey. It's like that one time where that web site - whose name I forget - published the same story about an inventor who died. It was funny because the guy had invented the photocopier.
 
2010-09-01 01:51:26 PM
I see what you did there....
 
2010-09-01 02:10:56 PM
Kyndig: I see what you did there....
 
2010-09-01 02:31:02 PM
How many times is this going to be greenlit?
 
2010-09-01 02:31:58 PM
notmtwain: How many times is this going to be greenlit?

What?
 
2010-09-01 04:32:25 PM
notmtwain: How many times is this going to be greenlit?

This was greenlit?
 
2010-09-01 04:32:31 PM
I wonder if grandpaw saw Groundhog Day.
 
2010-09-01 04:32:34 PM
Not mine. They're both dead.
 
2010-09-01 04:37:45 PM
Heh, +2.
 
2010-09-01 04:37:58 PM
Get off my Fark!
 
2010-09-01 04:38:14 PM
lame
 
2010-09-01 04:38:17 PM
My guess is it's because very few interesting things happen.
 
2010-09-01 04:38:38 PM
notmtwain: How many times is this going to be greenlit?

...
 
2010-09-01 04:38:48 PM
Back in my day.......ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2010-09-01 04:41:54 PM
so put your little hand in mine...
 
2010-09-01 04:43:10 PM
Hell, I'm only a dad and I tell the same stories over and over again. Reason: after you have kids you really don't make any more interesting stories.

Kelly and Susy were playing with each other on the bed sounds a lot more interesting than Kelly and Susy were playing together at the park.

All I've got is from before kids.
 
2010-09-01 04:47:39 PM
My grandfather had a massive heart attack shortly after his retirement in his mid-60s. He managed to live with severely limited heart function and congestive heart failure for two decades before his death, but every year the diminished blood flow robbed him of his cognitive function.

At the end, his only way of coping with the world around him was to listen to conversations until he heard a key word, at which time it would trigger a specific story tangentially related to the keyword. A typical visit would include the entire family gathered around the dinner table, with grandpa in "his chair" on the other side of the house, as grandpa didn't move from that chair except to pee and go to bed. We'd be talking about the current political situation, someone would mention Obama, and we'd suddenly get interrupted by grandpa telling the story about the time back in the 80s when he worked with a "very nice looking young colored man." Or someone might mention purchasing a car, and it would spark a tirade on "cheap plastic crap"

Everyone would politely listen, as though we hadn't heard it a million times, and then resume our conversation. It was his only way of participating due to not being able to *think* independently anymore.

And yet, at his funeral, the family was sitting around talking, and it turned out that many people in our family had no idea whatsoever that his ridiculous stories were due to loss of brain function. They seemed to actually think that he was participating, meaningfully, in these conversations.

Blew my mind, personally, but it had happened so gradually that no one caught on to the fact that grandpa was a vegetable. It's an astonishingly good coping mechanism as it turns out.

/csb
 
2010-09-01 04:48:51 PM
If I forgot that I just told you that great story last week, I tell it to you this week. Makes sense.
Oh! And here's an insight:
If I forgot that I just told you that great story last week, I tell it to you this week.
 
2010-09-01 04:50:22 PM
Saddest day was when my grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer's, saw me, smiled, and asked "Who are you?".

That is when I knew of the fragility of human existence.
 
2010-09-01 04:50:48 PM
notmtwain: How many times is this going to be greenlit?

...
 
2010-09-01 04:51:32 PM
EmperorSled: Hell, I'm only a dad and I tell the same stories over and over again. Reason: after you have kids you really don't make any more interesting stories.

Kelly and Susy were playing with each other on the bed sounds a lot more interesting than Kelly and Susy were playing together at the park.

All I've got is from before kids.


Exactly. You can either tell the same stories over and over because you like to recall them mostly for your own pleasure, or you can just make shiat up, which is more entertaining for your audience, but it takes more effort.
 
2010-09-01 04:53:14 PM
Mine tells the same boring stories of his post-war life because he's still farking shellshocked by all the shiat he witnessed during the war.

For all that old man did, I can listen to the same story about his next door neighbors setting the bushes on fire as long as he wants to tell it.
 
2010-09-01 04:53:34 PM
I'm 20-something and my 55-year-old father tells me the same stories over and over again.

Oddly enough, my maternal grandfather is 90 years old, built like a goddamn house, has outlived all his children, and remembers EVERYTHING (except where he put the goddamn tool or part he needs - but that's something all men who use their garages for manly things do) in astonishing detail.
 
2010-09-01 04:55:03 PM
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2010-09-01 04:57:14 PM
CygnusDarius 2010-09-01 04:50:22 PM
Saddest day was when my grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer's, saw me, smiled, and asked "Who are you?".

That is when I knew of the fragility of human existence.


Same thing happened to me. Broke my heart in two. At least she wasn't in pain though.
 
2010-09-01 05:04:48 PM
You know when I was your age...
 
2010-09-01 05:05:18 PM
BKITU: Kyndig: I see what you did there....
 
2010-09-01 05:05:39 PM
My mom tells the same old stories over and over constantly, but I don't think it's because she is 75. She's perfectly capable and independent (dad passed away 4 years ago... her current boyfriend is in his late 50's). Anyway, she has told me old stories about her childhood and people I've never met my whole life. Over and over.

I don't think it's a memory thing for her. I think it's "re living" old and cherished memories. She simply doesn't care if the listener is bored.

She tells new stories too, of course, but I think she feels her best years (and stories) are behind her...
 
2010-09-01 05:06:16 PM
Back in my day we didn't have Fark and we liked it!

/Get off my lawn.
//Also lived in a lake. In a cardboard box.
 
2010-09-01 05:06:31 PM
My great aunt tells the same crap over and over, and the stories get longer and longer. I feel bad b/c a lot of the family call her "Aunt Talk" but I get the feeling she just keeps saying the same crap over and over more so she won't forget...
 
2010-09-01 05:06:40 PM
As my grandpappy, Ol' Reliable used to say - don't recollect I ever mentioned Ol' Reliable before...
 
2010-09-01 05:06:57 PM
i2.photobucket.com
 
2010-09-01 05:07:13 PM
Pucca: CygnusDarius 2010-09-01 04:50:22 PM
Saddest day was when my grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer's, saw me, smiled, and asked "Who are you?".

That is when I knew of the fragility of human existence.

Same thing happened to me. Broke my heart in two. At least she wasn't in pain though.


It's worse when it's your Dad.
 
2010-09-01 05:07:36 PM
something something something onions and belt buckles something something something...
 
2010-09-01 05:08:31 PM
Pucca 2010-09-01 04:57:14 PM
CygnusDarius 2010-09-01 04:50:22 PM
Saddest day was when my grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer's, saw me, smiled, and asked "Who are you?".

That is when I knew of the fragility of human existence.

Same thing happened to me. Broke my heart in two. At least she wasn't in pain though.


I met my Great-Grandma Fisher for the first time when I was 8. She was a couple years short of 90 then. She thought my dad was the son of me and my grandma.
 
2010-09-01 05:13:54 PM
Because he knows you little whippersnapper assholes never hear anything unless it's hammered into your vacant heads.
 
2010-09-01 05:14:39 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

...onion on our belt, which was the style at the time..."

/yells at clouds
 
2010-09-01 05:15:24 PM
Not nearly as effective as when they lumped three "head on" articles in a row.
 
2010-09-01 05:20:10 PM
Where the fark did all you people come from ?
 
2010-09-01 05:24:13 PM
Grampa greenlit the first one and this one and will likely do it several more times.
 
2010-09-01 05:29:17 PM
They seemed to actually think that he was participating, meaningfully, in these conversations.

He was. He was...
 
2010-09-01 05:32:56 PM
Ok, Kinda funny.. but only kinda, and only because I know Subby was board and probably cracked himself up. but I repeat... only kinda funny
 
2010-09-01 05:33:37 PM
Saddest day was when my grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer's, saw me, smiled, and asked "Who are you?".
That is when I knew of the fragility of human existence.

Same thing happened to me. Broke my heart in two. At least she wasn't in pain though.


Watched my grandmother go through 'all the stages' of her slip into Alzheimer's. I dare not attempt to compare or contrast one deadly disease and the physical/emotional pain involved... but I have seen way too much of it hit too many friends/family members via too many different, horrible diseases...
 
2010-09-01 05:36:30 PM
Not mine, both my grandparents are dead.
 
2010-09-01 05:38:38 PM
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Hope ya'll are happy. Now comes the payback bishes.....
 
2010-09-01 05:39:16 PM
Lt. Cheese Weasel: Hope ya'll are happy. Now comes the payback bishes.....

woops, wrong thread
 
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