The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Association report for 2019, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s and are being cared for by more than 16 million family members. Maybe one of those family members is you!
They project that in thirty years, the number of Alzheimer’s sufferers will reach nearly 14 million.
Children of aging parents who suspect a parent is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or have a parent already diagnosed with the disease, should consider a Power of Attorney (POA).
A POA gives a family member the legal right to step in and make decisions that a parent with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is unable to make themselves, or doesn’t want to.
There are various, even urgent, situations when having a POA is extremely important. For instance, you may need to:
- Find a trusted money manager to handle day-to-day bill paying and the daily money management of bills, medical and insurance statements, tax preparation, and other personal financial tasks.
- Act as family spokesperson regarding medical appointments, surgery, and doctor appointments.
- Take care of things at home if your parents or loved one is still healthy enough to travel in retirement, or at any time they are away from their home.
We hope you will consider us if Daily Money Management is a concern. We are experienced, trusted, and a member of AADMM, the American Association of Daily Money Managers.