Life Changing Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Diagnosis? 3 Ways Guardianships Can Bring Stability to Your Family

By: Melody Lynch

An Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is scary and can leave a patient and their family with more questions than answers. Legal guardianships can provide asset protection, stability, and comfort in uncertain times. While less restrictive alternatives to guardianship may exist in some circumstances, guardianships are a legal vehicle which provides oversight and structure to families in crisis. Guardianships bring order to families by appointing a guardian to manage the affairs of the person affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia – known as the ward. read more

Can You Include a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Provision in Your Living Will?

For anyone who has witnessed a loved one die of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you will want to know that appropriate language can be added to any Advanced Directive or Living Will which will serve to advise physicians and family members of your wishes concerning life sustaining measures. You can specify which specific life sustaining treatments you wish to have followed if your health deteriorates and you are no longer able to communicate, swallow food or water safely, care for yourself, recognize family and friends, and the condition is not going to improve. You can ensure that comfort measures are followed, but also direct family members and doctors to withhold antibiotics, food, artificial ventilation, heart regulating drugs, and any form of resuscitation. read more