• Medication mistakes are an early symptom of dementia. It’s important to treat them as a warning sign to begin monitoring the person’s medication use.

  • Check expiration dates on all medications and mark them in your calendar, allowing time to call in a refill—or set up automatic refills.

  • Pick up prescriptions for the person or have them delivered to the home, if possible.

  • Use day-of-the-week pill dispensers so that it’s obvious when prescriptions run out.

  • Make pill-taking part of the daily routine by linking it to another habit: the breakfast orange juice, or brushing teeth, for example.

  • Bring all prescription drugs, supplements, and other over-the-counter medications used regularly, in their original containers, to the next primary-care checkup.