Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain condition characterized by problems with memory, behavior, and clarity of thought. It has been acknowledged by the medical community as the most common form of dementia, representing roughly 60 to 80 percent of all instances of irrevocable memory issues.
It is important to remember that when you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s they are not going through a normal response to aging. Even though Alzheimer’s is increasingly common in those who are over the age of 65, it is also appearing in people who are as young as in their 40s and 50s. The progressive nature of the disease makes it particularly frustrating, as it is a very real challenge to watch a loved one slowly lose their cognitive abilities. This is particularly true when other measures of health remain the same.
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that currently has no known cure, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done by those who are looking for ways to advocate for a cure, or that those who are suffering have no relief available to them. There are currently a number of treatments available for those suffering from Alzheimer’s. There are also a number of organizations that are dedicated to advocating for and supporting those who are searching for a cure for this challenging and heartbreaking condition.
If you are struggling to provide answers for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the best ways that you can help is through effective and thoughtful long-term care planning. While your main focus may appropriately be on the medical answers that are available to you, it is also important to give careful thought to the arrangements you have made for their care. There are important plans that need to be put into place to ensure that you are optimizing your protection of assets while at the same time maximizing the payments that Medicaid provides for your loved one’s care. You want to make sure that your loved one’s rights are being protected within the living environment they’ve been placed in, and that they are getting the best care possible.
An elder law attorney and care coordinator who has robust knowledge and experience in addressing long-term care planning needs can help you address all of these needs and more. At Bratton Scott, we are committed to making sure that our clients and our clients’ loved ones get the benefit of our extensive legal knowledge and broad network of resources. It is our goal to provide your loved one with legal representation as well as access to all of the advocates and experts that you need to make your loved one’s life as comfortable as possible. Call us today to set up an appointment.