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Advance Planning

Advance Planning

Advance Directives Give People with Alzheimer’s disease a Voice in Late-Stage Care

It’s important for everyone to plan for the future, but legal plans are especially important for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The sooner planning begins, the more likely the person with dementia will be able to express his or her wishes for treatment and care, and designate decision-makers. And though these conversations can be difficult to have, being open and honest can help families avoid disagreements and distress later in the disease. Early planning also provides more time to work through the complex legal and financial issues associated with long-term care.