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A rational approach to dementia.

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Legal Plans and Alzheimer's Brochure legal plans Assisting a person with dementia in planning for the future the compassion to care, the leadership to conquer plan for the future While it's important for everyone to plan for the future, legal plans are especially vital for a person with dementia. Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory, decision-making and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Once a person is diagnosed with dementia, a family member, domestic partner or friend should help the person make legal plans. The sooner planning begins, the more likely it is that the person with dementia will be able to participate. Legal planning includes: z Making plans for health care and long-term care coverage. z Making plans for finances and property. z Naming another person to make decisions on behalf of the person with dementia. 1 *This brochure contains only general information and is not meant to be legal advice. Laws vary by state and are constantly changing. As a result, we make no warranty or guarantee of the accuracy or reliability of the information contained herein. You should consult a lawyer before acting on any information contained herein for advice specific to your situation. The Alzheimer's Association strongly advises starting legal plans now. Inside, you'll find the basics on: 1 Legal capacity page 3 2 Legal documents page 5 3 How to find a lawyer page 9 4 How to prepare for your meeting page 10 5 What to discuss with your lawyer page 11 6 Terms your lawyer may use page 12 2 1. legal capacity In most cases, if a person with dementia is able to understand the meaning and importance of a given legal document, he or she likely has the legal capacity to execute (to carry out by signing) it. Legal capacity is the abil

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