While medical advances can keep us alive longer and longer, science has not kept up with diseases of the mind. Alzheimer’s Disease is a common and scary affliction. Hopefully, this will change. In the meantime, it is imperative to have an estate plan in place before Alzheimer’s Disease strikes in full force. If you or your loved one is showing signs this disease, it may not be too late to put a plan in place. Contact your estate planning attorney immediately.
The Alzheimer’s Association has recently updated its ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to assist in the early diagnosis of this disease. They are as follows:
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things or losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you or your loved one is exhibiting any of these behaviors, contact your doctor and your estate planning attorney at once. The earlier medical intervention is made, the better the outcome. And, an estate plan can still be put into place if you or your loved one still has testamentary capacity.
If you have any questions about estate planning for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, please call our office. You are not alone and we want to help. 858-792-5988.