Your best shot at beating dementia is acting EARLY before the actual memory loss is even noticeable. But that’s the problem, isn’t it?
Until there’s noticeable memory loss, you might never realize you’re at risk.
So it goes undetected… remains untreated… and keeps getting worse. And by the time you realize something’s wrong, you’re already locked into that downward spiral of cognitive decline.
But new research reveals an early-warning sign you can spot in yourself or your loved ones. And this unexpected red flag can appear SIX YEARS before an actual dementia diagnosis.
In other words, it could buy you precious extra time to act against the disease when it matters most. So you can slow the progression of dementia or even stop it completely.
The surprising first warning sign of dementia
It’s likely the earliest dementia “test” possible. But you don’t take it in your doctor’s office. You “take it” at the kitchen table, on the living room couch, or wherever it is you manage your bills.
Because that IS the test: paying your bills.
If you or your spouse are suddenly getting stuck with late fees… if you’re missing payments and falling behind because you’re just not on top of the task the way you once were… it could be a hidden sign that you’re at higher risk for dementia.
The new study finds that people who develop dementia are more likely to miss credit card payments starting six years before the diagnosis.
Of course, ANYONE can miss a payment here and there. It happens to all of us. But it’s when it happens regularly that you need to pay attention because it could be a red flag that there’s a problem.
After a while, that can lead to another BIG warning sign. And that’s missing enough payments that your credit score takes a dive. Which the study finds often happens up to 2.5 years before a dementia diagnosis.
Starting to slip? Take these steps NOW
It’s the second study over the past year to make the link between missed bills and missing brainpower. Other studies have found that folks in these earliest stages of dementia often make risky financial decisions, are more likely to be scammed, and in some cases end up surrounded by weird late-night infomercial purchases. (OK, to be fair, that last one’s happened to me after a bout of insomnia before.)
So look for these early dementia warning signs in yourself, your spouse, and your friends. And if you spot ANY of these patterns, take two actions right away.
- Call the credit card company. If you have a history of making payments on time, they’ll usually waive the late fees just for asking. It probably helps to ask nicely and explain you’ve been battling some “senior moments” lately.
- Get to work on the brain-saving strategies that could help protect you from mental struggles, including cognitive decline and dementia.
An extract of polyphenols from blueberry and grape, for example, can improve short-term memory by 57 percent and long-term memory by 38 percent or more. Plus, B vitamins can help slow the loss of brain volume linked to decline, while ginkgo can also keep your memory humming along.
Plus, 50 percent of seniors are on THESE dementia-linked drugs. If you’re one of them, work with your doc to find a safer alternative.
And, of course, talk to your doctor about your dementia concerns. He can start monitoring you to keep track of any unexpected changes. Plus, he can order testing to see if there’s anything else going on that needs some attention.