10 Common Checkbook Errors Made by People With Mild Dementia

Are you checking the checkbook? Trouble with financial management is one of the earliest signs of dementia, and it tends to cause more trouble than most other aspects of everyday life. You don't have to make a big deal about it or take over the job quite yet. But begin the simple safeguard of double-checking.

Some common checkbook errors:

  • Addition and subtraction errors

  • Transposed numbers

  • Checks that are written but go unrecorded

  • Checks that are written but never leave the checkbook

  • Checks that are put in bill envelopes but are never sent

  • Checks that are incorrectly filled out (for example, the "pay to the order of" line or the amount are left blank)

  • Writing in last year, late into this year (or writing a completely different year)

  • Writing checks on an account for which there are insufficient funds

  • Failing to deposit checks in checking account

  • Failing to record deposits in checkbook