Adverse Financial Outcomes…Early Detection of Dementia?

Angie SzumlinskiHealth, Studies

Did you know that missing payments on your monthly bills could be an early sign of Dementia? A recent study shows that those living with some form of Dementia are likely to miss bill payments up to six years prior to their official diagnosis and that adverse financial events were more common among those with lower education. Missed payments may also continue after the diagnosis of dementia is made and may eventually affect credit scores and ultimately affect their care situation/needs/expenses.

Many of us are overwhelmed today with COVID, the holidays, etc. and maybe we will forget to make a credit card payment, but should we be concerned? Probably not, but it is interesting that there are warning signs six years prior to diagnosis! Remember, be alert to signs and symptoms of disease especially now when we are not visiting our physicians as often as we should. Stay the course, stay strong, stay well, mask up and stay tuned!