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5 Tips for Alzheimer’s Planning

Sometimes, we see an Alzheimer’s diagnosis coming. A shift in your parents’ behavior, a gradual change in their ability to complete tasks, difficulty remembering names – these are just a few signs that make us wonder if we should reach out to a doctor for some answers.

You need to plan ahead. We’ve made that simpler for you by laying out 5 tips for Alzheimer’s Planning.

  1. Seek an accurate diagnosis immediately. Signs of Alzheimer’s look different for everyone. It can be as obvious as forgetting grandchildren’s names, or general confusion about stories or people. But it can also look like misplacing things and taking longer to complete normal tasks. If you notice these signs in yourself or others, seek a diagnosis from a doctor. (Bonus: here is a great article on 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s)
  2. Build your team. Talk about what’s happening with family, advisors, and caregivers. Going through this alone is never a good idea. When more people know what your situation is, there’s less confusion about what’s best for you or your loved one’s care. 
  3. Prepare & organize legal documents. Consult an attorney who specializes in this type of work to determine if there’s still time to make a power of attorney, or if the best path forward is to apply for guardianship. Act quickly here or you may need to work with the probate court to get the legal authority to care for your loved one.
  4. Inventory assets. Know where your money is held (banks, investment companies, insurance policies, etc.) to avoid losing track of assets. This also prevents theft and others taking advantage of you and your diagnosis. Reduce your risk of loss by working closely with your attorney and financial advisor to assure your assets are used for your benefit.
  5. Discuss long-term care plans. What kind of care do you prefer? Would you like to stay in-home, or move to a long-term care facility? Meet with your family and elder care professionals to discuss living preferences. Alles Law can offer several free resources so you can learn about the best care options in your area. 

Planning before or after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is so much more than putting the right legal documents together. It’s feeling confident that you have made the best decisions for yourself and others. The right strategy prepares you for all that life brings – and Alles Law is here to talk through that strategy with you.

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