Planning for the Future

Tips for discussing various medical, legal, financial and end-of-life issues.

The earlier the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the easier it is for a family to plan for—and face—the future.

In the beginning stages of the disease, individuals may be better able to understand the diagnosis and still have the ability to relay wishes for future care, relieving some of the decision-making burden on family members. Up for discussion are various medical, legal, financial and end-of-life issues.

Other pluses: People with the disease and caregivers can begin dialogues with healthcare professionals, other family members and community agencies to gain knowledge about the disease and garner support.

Find tips on discussing diagnosis and a list of specific issues to address from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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