Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – Estate Planning for Incapacity

Over 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and that number is predicted to rise to 14 million by 2050. Worldwide, over 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and it’s important not only to know the early signs and symptoms but to get involved if you can.

Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

There are ten important early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s to be aware of for your loved ones:

  1. Challenges in Planning or Problem Solving
  2. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
  3. Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life
  4. Confusion with Time or Place
  5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images or Spatial Relationships
  6. New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing
  7. Misplacing Things and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps
  8. Decreased or Poor Judgment
  9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities
  10. Changes in Mood or Personality

If you notice any of these symptoms as a caregiver or in your aging family members, don’t hesitate to schedule a doctor visit and get them checked out.

Estate Planning & Mental Incapacity

If you are concerned about the mental health of loved ones in your life it is important to discuss your options for estate planning. Not only should you appoint a Power of Attorney for all estate and healthcare decisions, but you also need to consider transferring assets or creating a living trust before a state of mental incapacitation as by then it may be too late and you run the risk of having to go to court. If that happens a conservator may be appointed for you and you lose the option of selecting someone you trust to make critical decisions. Taking the time to select a Power of Attorney and get your documents in order such as your HIPPA, Living Will, and advanced health directive helps you avoid a conservatorship and sets you or your loved ones up to be well cared for in the future. If you would like a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, attend one of our FREE seminars.

June 21st, 2019 – Get Involved

If you would like to get involved on June 21st, the longest day of the year and summer solstice, you can join thousands participating in fundraisers for “The Longest Day” to raise money for Alzheimer’s and recognize those individuals and families that are affected by the disease. To learn more about participating you can visit the Alzheimer’s Association for more information.