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If You Notice This While Shopping, Get Checked for Dementia - msnNOW

Look out for these signs of financial trouble.

Recognizing signs of financial trouble may help you come to a dementia diagnosis sooner while protecting your finances, says the NIA. Begin by noting any time you have difficulty "counting change, paying for a purchase, calculating a tip, balancing a checkbook, or understanding a bank statement," the organization recommends.

If you're concerned about the financial habits of someone in your life—a close friend or family member, for instance—there may be additional signs that could tip you off to a problem. Unpaid or unopened bills, higher than usual credit card bills, a slew of new purchases, the accumulation of strange merchandise, or money missing from a person's bank account can all be signs of mild cognitive impairment that's affecting one's financial wellbeing.

In the event that these financial issues seem to signal a greater problem, a family member or trustee may step in to assist on financial matters. This role may include reviewing financial records, checking bank balances, or holding the title to a property or funds in the patient's name.

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