Dementia involves thinking, memory problems, and difficulty managing things at home. Many times, family members will not realize early on the difficulty a loved one is having at home. Checking whether a loved one has new difficulty managing "pills and bills" is a good first step. Specifically:
- Look at the check book and bank statements. Are bills being paid on time?
- Check the medication bottles. Are medications being taken regularly and refilled at the proper intervals?
If your loved one is having trouble managing medication and bills, it is time to get a cognitive evaluation from your doctor.