April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month & a Good Reminder to Plan Ahead

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a 30-day event established by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in an effort promote awareness, understanding and community involvement regarding Parkinson’s disease. Participants are encouraged to get involved, making sure their community is equipped with the latest information regarding research, treatment and the daily struggle of families who have been affected by this disease. The event is also a welcome reminder to individuals and families that have been impacted by a Parkinson’s diagnosis that they’re not alone, something many need to hear during such a potentially devastating time.

Anyone who has ever had to take care of a loved one with Parkinson’s knows what an emotionally exhausting struggle it can be. While the disease can certainly be managed with the right method of treatment, many are forced to watch their loved one be claimed by the disease in a painfully slow manner. As they start to need more and more help, so will you in organizing the logistics of their care from estate planning to helping them get governmental benefits to protecting their assets. Once you’re ready to have these conversations, be sure to contact an attorney that is experienced in these areas. A Life Care Planner is also an important resource for families managing long-term conditions like Parkinson’s.

As we’re forced to watch our loved ones struggle with any type of long-term disease, it’s not unusual to become emotionally distracted. When this happens, people easily forget about planning for future needs. It’s almost a “can’t see the forest through the trees” phenomenon. You are very concerned with the diagnosis and the present that you fail to consider what your family member may need in the near and long-term future.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month is a great reminder for families who still need to consider planning. We can help. You aren’t alone.

The attorneys and certified life care planners at Bratton Scott understand that managing the affairs of a sick family member can be overwhelming. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will help guide you through every step of the way. Contact us today for a consultation.