You’re stunned the moment you open up that letter.
A late fee? For ME???
You’ve never missed a payment in your life… for anything. How could you have possibly let this one slip through?
Well, my friend, it turns out a missed bill could be far more than just a drain on your wallet. It could also be a sign of something else.
That letter from your credit card company or utility provider could also be a message from your brain. Your thinker could be sending you a call for help as one part of your mind starts to go offline.
In fact, it could be your first…and in some cases ONLY… chance to act to slow or stop cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease when it matters most.
And that, of course, is in their earliest stage, when you have the best shot of beating them.
What a missed bill may be telling you
When you get hit with that missed payment notice and a late fee – some of which now run $25 or even $50 or more – you need to take two steps.
First, give that company a call. If you have a spotless track record with them, they’ll likely waive that fee for you.
And second, make a note… both a mental one and a written one… to see if this is part of a pattern. Be on the lookout for other missed bills, overall difficulty managing finances, or trouble handling a bank account that seems to be shrinking, but you’re not entirely clear why.
A new study finds that difficulty managing money could be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. And here’s the critical part. This symptom could pop up YEARS before an actual dementia diagnosis.
And sadly, this study (and others like it) has found folks with dementia are more prone to scams that could rob them of their savings. And that’s true even in the early stages of Alzheimer’s when it hasn’t been diagnosed yet
Heading off Alzheimer’s
If you suspect that you may be slipping a bit… or you just want to do something to help reduce your risk of a devastating Alzheimer’s diagnosis in your future… there are some steps you can take NOW that could help.
Remember that late fee you just got waived? Take that cash and go shopping for some brain-supporting supplements.
- B vitamins and fish oil are proven to help enhance memory and cognition.
- Glutathione can help your body remove toxins from your brain
- Ginkgo can keep your memory sharp.
If you’ve missed a few bills – or are having other struggles with math or money that you haven’t had before – talk to a doctor about cognitive testing and other steps you can take to get an earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Remember, the earlier you act, the better. And the more likely simple steps you take now could pay dividends down the road in better brain health. And that’s TRUE wealth, the kind money can’t buy