Experts on memory loss agree that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss affect the entire family, not just the person diagnosed. Everyone feels the stress of watching – and caring for – their loved one’s progressive decline. If you are the primary caregiver for someone with memory loss, the responsibility of educating your family and close friends, as well as keeping them updated on your loved one’s condition, usually falls on you.
For older adults, it’s never too soon to start preparing for the future, even if they are perfectly healthy. Before an illness or injury creates added stress and urgency to legal and financial planning, seniors and their families should consider how they would like their property, finances and their own health cared for should anything happen to them.