Now so many years later I think back and realize that my father has been dealing with dementia for far longer than we ever realized. He retired from boxing in 1981 but was already in the dementia zone. Years of head trauma had caused Pugilistic Dementia, which I would find out is Frontal Lobe damage.
Common behavioral symptoms of frontal lobe dementia include: inappropriate actions, apathy, lack of inhibition or restraint, neglect of personal hygiene and care, compulsive behavior.
The stories of him not giving a s***, of being fearless, arguing with his boss at work, rudeness, were all, as you can read from above, dementia symptoms. People would just admire him and think he was crazy tough. I remember that after I got married I invited him and my mom over to our apartment for dinner. I will never forget how rude and inappropriate he was. In my mind I remember thinking what a A-hole he was being. We were so ignorant, most likely because he had dementia since he was in his late 30s. My mother would yell at him so much we grew numb to it. It would not be until she got breast cancer that we finally noticed that something was seriously wrong with him.