When I worked in the health care field as a CNA, then LPN, then RN, one of the important initial assessments was the orientation of the patient. Did they know their name, where they were, what was going on, the day of the week, etc. This assessment was especially critical for the elderly.
Now that I am considered “elderly”, I find myself conscious of my orientation. Being retired doesn’t help with this process. When I worked on the floor or in the field, I was always aware of the time, the date and the day for charting and schedule purposes. When I retired, being aware of the time, the date and the day was no longer that critical, since there no longer was a schedule. I can assure you I have not lost my orientation yet…but there are moments. 🙂