Taking on Dementia

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the cost and prevalence of dementia will double by 2040. At staggering cost, how do families deal with this devastating disease? And how do they know if the wishes of their loved one should be honored? Below are some proactive and remedial steps families can take.

  1. Obtain Long Term Care Insurance. Particularly in families with a history of the disease, obtaining long term care insurance can be important protection. Persons suffering from dementia sometimes do not perceive real dangers around them and require near constant supervision. To relieve family members from care duties that tend to burn out even the most devoted caregiver, long term care insurance can assure that appropriate care and supervision is provided.
  2. Make Plans Now. Generally, mentally incapacitated persons cannot sign legal forms. While lucid moments can provide occasion for meaningful discussions, often legal documents signed during a lucid moment are challenged as invalid in court. As soon as practicable, encourage family members to designate who should make important healthcare and financial decisions on their behalf in the event of incapacity.
  3. Visit with Families in Similar Situations. If a family member has received a dementia diagnosis, turn to people who understand what that means. They are great sources of support and often, they are the best resource for finding a healthcare providers that are diligent with giving medications, responding to patients, and preventing dangerous situations from arising.

If your family is dealing with this disease or you want to learn more, feel free to contact us at (626) 696-3145.

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