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A couple of years ago, I was experiencing symptoms like what your DH was experiencing. I would go shopping and driving up to the store would go "apples and milk, apples and milk" and then walk in, get the milk and almost come out crying because I couldn't remember the other part. I started forgetting my vocabulary and mid-sentence would look at DH at a loss of how to explain what was in my head. In my case, I was worried about it and insisted something was wrong where DH tried to tell me I was just stressed.
For some reason, I locked on to the idea that it was our water and switched us to spring water. It helped with my memory, but only a tiny bit. Around the same time, I developed terrible allergies and asthma. Through a long process of trying different things, we removed all the chemicals from our house. We stopped eating anything with preservatives, went to a whole foods diet, and went with all green cleaners and products. After my allergies and asthma went away, I realized that my memory issue was also cured and that any brain fog was gone.
I still don't know what specifically it was that helped me most, but since then, DH and I have continued to avoid chemicals in our lives. I have also since read up a lot on nutrition and the modern diet. Amongst the many things that can cause mental decline such as short-term memory lost are lack of nutrients, like a pp said. It can also be a toxin overload of any sort. Mercury, aluminum, and other heavy metal poisoning can affect the neurological system as can aspartame, which are also usually accompanied by some physical symptoms. It can even be due to an allergy in a certain food. It's hard to tell. Just make sure that if you get your DH checked out with a doctor, that you continue to try to discover yourself what is going on. Unfortunately, my opinion of conventional medicine is that they are mediocre at diagnosis, terrible with treatment, and nonexistent with cures.