Imagine spending $20,000 on a minivan and having no memory of such a purchase the next morning. It wasn’t fraud. It was not a computer error. You definitely bought the minivan. You just don’t remember doing that.
That was Maria Turner’s shocking experience, as reported by the New York Times. “I was joking about it, but it really bothered me,” she told the newspaper. Soon more packages arrived. She didn’t know why. Years later, she was diagnosed with cognitive decline, with her brain showing “characteristics of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease” and “evidence of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia, which affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.”
“It’s not at all unusual for us to hear that one of the first signs families become aware of has to do with a person’s financial dealings,” Beth Kallmyer, vice president of care and support at the Alzheimer’s Association, told IPS. the newspaper. Yes, an early sign of dementia can be financial expenses you have no memory of.
The article was substantiated in a previous study of two years ago: “Previous studies show that people in the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease lose financial strength; that is, their ability to manage their checkbook, pay bills on time, to spend in ways that consistent with the values they held in the past,” said the study’s lead author, health economist Carole Roan Gresenz, Ph.D., interim dean of Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. “What we found was that households in which someone is in the early stages of the disease are vulnerable to large reductions in liquid assets such as savings, money market and checking accounts,” she says.
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If you have “difficulty remembering recent events, even though you can easily recall things that happened in the past,” it’s an early sign of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. Think Mary Turner. She might remember something from her childhood, but couldn’t remember buying that minibus.
Spending money on purchases you don’t remember is an early sign of dementia, but neither is spending money — as in, completely forgetting your monthly bills. These routine tent poles serve as markers every week that people with total cognitive function should be able to remember.
We’ve all had a fridge full of rotten leftovers, or some spoiled spinach in the crisper drawer. But if you’re shopping for meal prep and forget you even bought the groceries, or what meal you planned to make, shortly afterwards, it could be a sign of cognitive decline. Forgetting to eat is also a worrying sign.
It’s not just rude to ghost those you’re supposed to meet; it can be a sign of dementia, if you don’t even remember that you have scheduled the appointments.
“Processing memory loss and the possible onset of dementia can be difficult. Some people try to hide memory problems, and some family members or friends compensate for a person’s memory loss, sometimes without realizing how much they have adapted to the disorder,” says the Mayo Clinic. “It’s important to get a prompt diagnosis, even if it’s challenging. Identifying a reversible cause of memory impairment allows you to get the right treatment. Also, early diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, the Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition beneficial.” And to go through life as healthy as possible, you can’t miss this one 13 Everyday Habits That Are Secretly Killing You.