If you or a family member has been diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to start planning for the future. Talk over the issues below with your family. It’s better to do this sooner than later, to ensure that the person who has dementia has a chance to communicate his or her desires and answer questions.
A person who has dementia often needs more care as the disease progresses. Talk with family members about how you’ll handle these needs.
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Make sure family members know where to find important legal documents. Laws are different in each state and can be confusing. Consider hiring a family lawyer or a lawyer that specializes in elder law to help you create or update the following legal documents:
To find information about the laws in your state or to find a lawyer, visit:
Paying for care can be very expensive. If you need help with finances, talk to a professional finance adviser or a lawyer. Take the following steps to help reduce financial stress:
For more information about insurance coverage and financial assistance programs, visit:
Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiving by Family Caregiver Alliance ( , http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=567)
Plan Ahead by Alzheimer’s Association ( , http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_15768.asp)
Financial Matters by BrightFocus Foundation, Alzheimer’s Disease Research ( , http://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/livingwith/financialmatters.html )
Legal and Financial Planning by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( , http://www.alzfdn.org/LegalandFinancialPlanning/planning.html)
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