Alzheimer’s Disease Planning

Many Americans are diagnosed with an unsuspected serious illness that catches them worried and in deep thoughts about their future and the future of their family. Alzheimer’s disease, a complicated and chronic illness which is suffered by about five million Americans, is one of these serious illnesses.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common root of dementia in older people, is an irremediable, progressive brain disease which gradually destroys an individual’s memory, thinking capabilities, as well as the ability to perform the simplest daily activities. Once this disease leads to the most severe stage of dementia, it will render a person totally dependent on others even on the most basic tasks.

Because Alzheimer’s disease causes a person to lose his or her ability to think clearly medical and legal experts, therefore, advise those recently diagnosed with it to study and update their financial and health care plans while they still have the ability to make clear and meaningful decisions. These plans usually include the drafting of a living trust, a will and advance instructions that will ensure the carrying out of their health care and financial wishes during the later stages of the disease and, eventually, death.

The legality of documents to be prepared naturally calls for the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer who is familiar with the laws of the state where the patient resides. Besides making sure that all plans are made in compliance with the state’s laws, your lawyer, as pointed out on the website of Peck Ritchey, LLC, should also help the patient: identify and complete all necessary legal documents in the drafting or updating of the will, trust or deed; make plans for medical and treatment choices; specify how he/she wishes his/her plans for finances and property carried out; preserve his/her assets while caring for a loved one; be eligible for government aid; and, assign the right person who will make decisions on his/her behalf when he/she no longer can.

Being diagnosed with an Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally wrenching, but so will leaving your loved ones with a bleak future. This is why a patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will need all the medical and legal assistance that he/she needs to make sure that everything will be in place when the disease casts its full effects or takes his/her life eventually. Though the days ahead may be filled with worry and/or fear, knowing that the financial future of your loved ones will be taken care of, especially when you can no longer be with them, would, (hopefully) somehow, lessen any worry in your and their lives.

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