Are you or a loved one dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis? Check out this advice from the National Institute on Aging to make sure appropriate legal and financial plans are in place:
- Start discussions early. The rate of decline differs for each person with Alzheimer’s disease, and his or her ability to be involved in planning will decline over time. People in the early stages of the disease may be able to understand the issues, but they may also be defensive or emotionally unable to deal with difficult questions. Remember that not all people are diagnosed at an early stage. Decision making may already be difficult when Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed.
- Review plans over time. Changes in personal situations—such as a divorce, relocation, or death in the family—and in State laws can affect how legal documents are prepared and maintained. Use your time at home while practicing social distancing to review your current plans, and plan how to update your documents as needed.
- Reduce anxiety about funeral and burial arrangements. Advance planning for the funeral and burial can provide a sense of peace and reduce anxiety for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the family.
Visit the NIA website for more information about legal and financial planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease.