Alzheimer and Dementia

Alzheimer and Dementia

Alzheimer's is one of the most common type of dementia that causes memory and behavior problems.

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Senior Advisor

My first question to you is, "Do you or a loved one live nearby?"  If so, there are several ways to go about this.  You can take turns checking in on her.  You would have to make a schedule for everyone to follow.  I would have to suggest that someone layout all of her meds in a pill box for the... (more)

My first question to you is, "Do you or a loved one live nearby?"  If so, there are several ways to go about this.  You can take turns checking in on her.  You would have to make a schedule for everyone to follow.  I would have to suggest that someone layout all of her meds in a pill box for the week ahead.  Following a schedule, the person for that day might give her a call around the time that she needs to take them and remind her.  Stay on the phone until she takes them.  Keep it positive.  The conversation should be similar to...  "Hi grandma.  Hope you are doing fine.  You asked me to call you and remind you to take your meds at noon."  Again, stay on the phone until she takes them.  It is a bit of a "fib" but it works.  When you make it sound like she requested it, she will be less offended as if you were just checking up on her.  Every week when the meds are refilled you can see how many days were missed.  It would be good to note for her next visit with the doctor.  

If you don't live by, you might look into asking a neighbor or friend that visits often.  If that isn't an option either, You might want to discuss your situation with a local home care agency to assist.  You might have to have someone fill the pill boxes as this procedure might not be performed by all home care agencies.  Ask them if they can do this before contracting with them.  There might be alternatives that they could suggest.  

There are electronic medication dispensers that will remind her at specific times to take her meds.  Some even offer to phone her if does take them.  These are billed to a credit card every month.  Keep in mind that you are still responsible to get them filled by a qualified person.  

Please keep in mind that if you are giving her meds and she doesn't want to take them for whatever reason, you can always crush them and put them in applesauce.  DO NOT crush just any pill.  Check with your pharmacist to see if it can be crushed.  Some medications have time released layers.  Always check with your doctor as well before changing her care or meds and get their input first.  

This is not an easy job and can be time consuming for anyone.  If the medication is something that is very important that she takes on a regular schedule and could cause problems if she misses them, you may be faced with considering a facility for her.  These are things to discuss with her doctor about.  

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Estate Planning Attorney

From a legal standpoint, you would want to find out if your grandma has a Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is a legal document that names an agent to make medical decisions on her behalf. Depending on how the AHCD is drafted, that agent should have authority to speak to your grandma's... (more)

From a legal standpoint, you would want to find out if your grandma has a Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is a legal document that names an agent to make medical decisions on her behalf. Depending on how the AHCD is drafted, that agent should have authority to speak to your grandma's doctor about this issue and take steps to remedy the issue. If your grandma does not have this document, you would want to speak to an attorney to discuss having your grandmother execute one (assuming she has capacity to do so). If she does not have this legal document in place and the issue progresses, you might want to investigate a court procedure, often called a Guardianship or Conservatorship. A conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the “conservator”) to care for another adult (called the “conservatee”) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finanal and/or medical decisions.

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Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

You will have to contact an elderlaw attorney to consider filing a guardianship action in probate court where she lives,  You, too, will need to be a resident of the same state as her if you wish to be appointed her legal guardian.

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Senior Advisor

The steps you can take right now are to get as much education about this dreaded disease and also mentally prepare yourself.  I can help with the first part, but preparing yourself mentally is always a tough one.  I'll give you some advice on this as well.  I would start with the Alzheimer's... (more)

The steps you can take right now are to get as much education about this dreaded disease and also mentally prepare yourself.  I can help with the first part, but preparing yourself mentally is always a tough one.  I'll give you some advice on this as well.  I would start with the Alzheimer's Association and The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) websites.  They will keep you up-to-date on just about everything that is happening with this disease.  AFA provides you with finding local support groups (Link below).  This is where the mental preparation comes in. Talking to people, friends and family members that have gone through this as well as people like you that are going through this now will help you.  

http://www.alz.org/apps/we_can_help/support_groups.asp

Senior Helpers has a free DVD of their GEMS Program that you can request from their website. This DVD is designed for family members to better understand the disease and what they should expect as your grandfather progresses through the different stages.  (Link below)

 http://www.seniorhelpers.com/our-services/senior-gems

Now is the time to start a memory book(s) for your grandfather.  This will come in handy down the line when his memory gets worse.  It's always a calming effect to sit with him and look at book and discuss the past.  Include pictures from other family members that were taken with him.  Music is most important.  Start collecting the music he likes.  He will always have music to remember.  Another thing I like to suggest in the early stage is to interview him.  This isn't for everyone because it takes a lot of time.  If it is... ask him questions about his past and record it (audio or video).  This will give you an opportunity to research these things in more detail and then you can add them to the memory book.  People that did this told me that this was remarkable.  They learned things they never knew.   After all this... come back and let me know how it's going.   I'll suggest some other things.  

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Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Get him to an elderlaw attorney NOW!!!!!!! and get his Power of Attorney, WIll and Health care directives updated, because once he becomes incapacitated then you cannot change any legal document nor create any for him.  Then, get a full financial assessment from a fee only financial planner who... (more)

Get him to an elderlaw attorney NOW!!!!!!! and get his Power of Attorney, WIll and Health care directives updated, because once he becomes incapacitated then you cannot change any legal document nor create any for him.  Then, get a full financial assessment from a fee only financial planner who specializes in eldercare.

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Estate Planning Attorney

An Elder Care Attorney can guide families through this process.  The process begins with a review of any Estate Planning Documents your grandfather may have (and if they don’t have any it is time to make sure they do). Estate planning documents would include Powers of attorney, medical directive, a... (more)

An Elder Care Attorney can guide families through this process.  The process begins with a review of any Estate Planning Documents your grandfather may have (and if they don’t have any it is time to make sure they do). Estate planning documents would include Powers of attorney, medical directive, a Will and a trust, if appropriate. It is important to update the documents to make sure that your grandfather has a plan for what happens when you don’t die but need long term care.  A long term care plan will prepare for the inevitable need for long term care, making sure plans are in place so that your grandfather can qualify for public benefits such as Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits.  Long Term Planning is designed to leverage and protect assets.  The goal is to make sure that as the family travels this road that your grandfather is able to get the care they need and that their money lasts until the end of life.  The road can be long and there will be many choices along the way: Can grandfather stay at home with caregivers?  Which Assisted Living is best?  Does grandfather need Skilled Care? How can we pay for this?  What do we do next? An elder care/law attorney can help with these decisions and the choices are not the same for each family, which is why you would want to work with one that creates a relationship with the  clients and their families that starts with updating their planning while they can continue to provide advocacy and guidance along the way.

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Senior Advisor

This is a very tough decision to quit work and take care of your mom.  Without understanding all of the financial background of everyone involved, let me explain that most of all federal and state government funded benefits are are either income based or participation based or both.  What I mean by... (more)

This is a very tough decision to quit work and take care of your mom.  Without understanding all of the financial background of everyone involved, let me explain that most of all federal and state government funded benefits are are either income based or participation based or both.  What I mean by this is that Medicaid (State funded) is driven based on your income where as VA Benefits (Federal funded) is driven by the time/date of military service and income.  If mom is a veteran she could qualify for VA Benefits (Aid and Attendance).  Even if mom is not a veteran, perhaps dad was and mom could qualify under his benefit.  I'll leave you with a couple of resources that you can follow up with and ask them the specifics (including your income situation).  

The Atlanta VA Regional Benefit Office is having a town hall where they will share information, listen to your feedback, and answer questions on VA disability compensation benefits, pension benefits, life insurance benefits, home loan benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits, and health programs.  Here is the time/date:

January 23, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Atlanta VA Medical Center, Ground Floor, Pete Wheeler Auditorium, 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

Expected Participants: Veterans, their families, and survivors.


Also:

You can reach the Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services and Georgia's 12 Area Agencies on Aging operate the Aging and Disability Resource Connection. Call them at 1-866-552-4464.

Your Area Agency on Aging connection is:

Atlanta Regional Commission

Kathryn Lawler, AAA Director

40 Courtland Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404.463.3333

Email: aginginfo@atlantaregional.com

http://aging.dhs.georgia.gov/caregiving

If there is something more that you would like to discuss, feel free to reach out directly to me or ask another question.  


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Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Check with your area agency on aging in your state.  Some states will use Medicaid dollars to pay for limited home care benefits, which can include paying family members, if they are eligible as a home health aide.

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Senior Specialist

To add on to Scot's comments, we need more information on the status of your mother. Such as her age and whether she has earned enough social security credits. If she does meet those requirements, then she may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Click on the below link... (more)

To add on to Scot's comments, we need more information on the status of your mother. Such as her age and whether she has earned enough social security credits. If she does meet those requirements, then she may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Click on the below link from the Alzheimer Association:

http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_social_security_disability.asphttp://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_social_security_disability.asp

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