top of page

Get the Facts about Alzheimer’s this Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Did you know that an estimated 50 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease

worldwide, and the associated caregiving costs reach upwards of $1 trillion? In the

United States, more than 5.8 million people have Alzheimer’s and

another 500,000 new cases are expected this year.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a public health crisis that reaches one-in-ten American

seniors, two-thirds of whom are women. The consequences are far more than mere

forgetfulness. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease and the most common form of

dementia. It progresses over time until impacted elder adults can no longer care for

themselves. There is currently no known cure and Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading

cause of death in the U.S. What is more, impacted seniors only survive four to eight

years on average after an initial diagnosis.

Thankfully, advocates across the health care, nonprofit, and legal communities have

helped designate June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The annual

campaign is focused on public education, advancing research, and offering a wide

variety of resources to those in need. If you or a senior loved one is struggling with

memory loss, diminished problem-solving abilities, or erratic behavior, a medical

evaluation will provide clarity and information about care options The sooner this is

done, the better.

Make it a priority to get tested. A skilled physician can diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

with 90 percent accuracy, which means he or she can also determine if something

other than Alzheimer’s needs to be addressed. Although there is no cure, steps can

be taken to slow the progression of symptoms through prescription drug or non-

drug interventions, access to new treatments, and clinical trials.

Begin the process of planning for the future implications of the disease. Early

detection allows for senior adults to participate in creating important legal decisions,

such as naming a trusted family member or another close confidant as the agent in

a durable power of attorney document. This allows another person to make binding

decisions on the senior adult’s behalf when he or she is no longer mentally

competent. Other important planning items include advance directives, health care

privacy releases, and updated wills, as well as reviewing trusts and beneficiary

designations. No matter when the diagnosis occurs, an elder care attorney is

uniquely trained to help the patient and his or her family plan for a future that may

hold significant long-term care needs.

Getting educated about Alzheimer’s and planning accordingly is important to

protect those diagnosed with the disease as well as their loved ones. If you or

someone you know would like more information or guidance on related legal issues,

our law office is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.

bottom of page