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Shopping | Common Signs

  • Has difficulty remembering what to buy without a list
  • Forgets to refer to the list while shopping
  • Does not recognize that an item is needed (e.g. doesn't put it on the list, doesn't pick it up while at the store)
  • Returns from shopping having forgotten several necessary items
  • Has difficulty locating items in the store
  • Has difficulty understanding or calculating prices (This can also be an example of the symptom of impaired comprehension/understanding.)
  • Shopping takes longer than before
  • Picks up wrong items (e.g. canned peas instead of frozen)
  • Purchases items that are not needed or are already overstocked (This can also be an example of the symptom of repetitive behavior.)
  • Does not give the cashier appropriate amount of money (e.g. too much or too little) This can also be an example of the symptom of impaired financial management)
  • Has difficulty paying for items with debit or credit card
  • Forgets to pay for items
 
Shopping | General Description

Alzheimer's disease impairs the cognitive functions that enable a person to know what they need to buy, to make a list, and to locate items in the store. The person you care for may find it difficult when shopping to remember what they needed or what they already have at home. Even with a list, they may forget to refer to it and return having forgotten several items, or bought the wrong items. While in the store, they may have difficulty locating items and wander, so shopping takes longer than before. All of these difficulties may lead to feelings of frustration and stress, so that the person no longer enjoys shopping. The person you care for may have difficulty handling money, resulting in shopping being difficult for them. For example, they do not understand the price of items, or how much change should be given, and may even leave the store, forgetting to pay for the groceries. The person you care for may be able to manage some aspects of shopping. They do not initiate shopping trips, but do enjoy them once they get there and are able to contribute to items on the list when prompted by the caregiver.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Comprehension/ Understanding
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Repetitive Behaviour
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Financial Management
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Irritability/ Frustration
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Interest/Initiative (lack of)
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Independence
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Low Self Esteem
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
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