Even if you’ve done your due diligence with your legal documents, your paperwork may not be in order for dementia.
Advanced dementia is one of the leading causes of death overall in the United States, specifically for those over age 65. Once dementia reaches the terminal stage, a senior is unable to communicate their desires for end of life. Some life prolonging therapies can make a dementia patient’s last days more painful. Decisions should be made well in advance.
Is your paperwork in order?
For more information, read this article in the New York Times: Alzheimer’s? Your Paperwork May Not Be in Order.
Estate Planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.
She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.