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

over 4 years, said...

I would rather be informed of what to do, that includes all this and more, other than being told what not to do...thank you anyway

over 5 years, said...

thanks so much for the e-mails....

almost 6 years, said...

My mother has always managed her money very wisely and new what she spent. She no longer balances her account. Constantly wants to write a check for cash and I will have went just the day before and cashed one for her. I just remind her but also show her. She also now says " oh it's just money, we spend all that we will just get more". meaning out of savings. We feel like we have to keep a close watch so no one will take advantage of her. Momma will try to pay me for something multiple times within 5 minutes. I will write down how much and what she paid me for. Then she ask no more. It seems to help her if it is written down where she can read it.

about 6 years, said...

I think you covered everything.