No one wants to think Alzheimer’s will be a reality for his or her loved one.
Truly no one will be prepared for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s.
It is a terrible disease with long-reaching effects.
Unfortunately, one out of three of seniors will die with dementia or Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
In fact, last year alone there were more than 5 million Americans living with the disease.
Those numbers suggest dealing with the disease will be a reality for a large number of Americans.
According to a WTTW.com article titled “For Caregivers, Dealing with Dementia Can Be Tough Reality,” although caregivers are in good company, they are under a ton of stress.
How can you be as prepared as possible should you become a caregiver?
Be aware of changes in behavior.
This could include consistently wearing dirty clothes or getting lost.
As the disease progresses symptoms will become greater.
Although emotionally difficult to admit, denial will only cause more tension.
About 60 percent of family caregivers will pay for a portion of the cost of care.
Budget in advance for these expenses.
The elderly with Alzheimer’s or dementia are prime targets for elder abuse.
Sometime this can even be perpetrated by a caregiver!
Be vigilant to protect your loved ones from being coerced while in a vulnerable state.
Although nothing can prepare you emotionally for the stress of caring for a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you can plan ahead to diminish other adverse effects.
Contact an experienced estate planning attorney or, if Medicaid qualification is a priority, then an experienced elder law attorney.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
For more information about estate planning in Overland Park, KS (and throughout the rest of Kansas and Missouri), visit our estate planning website and be sure to subscribe to our complimentary estate planning e-newsletter while you are there.
Reference: WTTW.com (February 13, 2017) “For Caregivers, Dealing with Dementia Can Be Tough Reality”