Alzheimer’s complicates nearly every aspect of life, for the individual and for his/her concerned family and friends. One of the most difficult pieces of that puzzle is incapacity, or what happens when the dementia has advanced to a stage that renders the individual unable to make sound legal decisions or comprehend legal documents.
Before that happens, careful planning and preparation is advised, Before that happens, careful planning and preparation is advised, and to that end, the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas (in Florida) offers very valuable resource on its blog. An extensive and informative article, Legal Considerations When Facing Incapacity, outlines all the areas and decisions that families should work through before incapacity, from legal counsel and power of attorney/health care power of attorney, to trust arrangements, living wills, guardianships and long term care insurance. The legal jargon is broken down in easy-to-understand terms, and thorough descriptions of each area are provided.
There’s enough to think and worry about as an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Don’t add legal woes to the list. Check out the AAA article and talk with your loved one to establish a plan while he/she is still able to make decisions. Then, head to our Alzheimer’s Resource Guide or our Alzheimer’s Care blog channel for more information on working through the day-to-day challenges the disease brings.