If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, one of the things you have to do is put yourself in charge of, or at least share all financial matters.

On the flip side, if you are getting calls from banks, utility companies or credit card companies saying you are behind on payments, and those were the payments being made by your loved one, it’s time for an exam to determine if dementia is the cause of late bill payments.

My LO had been in he restaurant business for many years and could tally up a tab, including tax and tip in his head.  He also did his bill paying online.  It wasn’t until after his diagnosis that I began recognizing his difficulty with simple arithmetic.  Then the bank, credit card companies and utilities started calling.  He would spend time at his computer, but I realized he wasn’t doing anything productive.

So, be pro-active. Get your name on all credit cards with your LO. Check on automatic payments either from the vendor or the bank. Check on your medical directive, wills, trusts, insurance, etc.

I have lots of info on this in the book.  The A-Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia Patients

With love & hope,

Jane