14. Trouble planning or problem-solving
Additionally, people who are developing dementia may struggle to learn new things or adopt new routines. This is usually only noticed by those close to the person, who spends every day with them. Often, the person themselves may be unaware of any changes.
Another subtle early sign of dementia can be difficulties or taking longer to do regular tasks such as balancing your check book or paying bills. Problems with numbers are particularly common. But planning or problem-solving issues can be apparent when following an old family recipient or a general inability to follow instructions.
Puzzles such as crosswords, even though previously enjoyed, may become too difficult as the person has difficulty concentrating on the puzzle.