It is common for people to have fears about getting older. They may worry that they will never achieve certain dreams or that they will find themselves with ill health. Unfortunately, diseases like Alzheimer's affect numerous people in Texas and across the country, and when a person receives such a diagnosis, it makes sense to consider elder law planning.
Often, individuals with Alzheimer's disease need care beyond what a family member could provide. As a result, it is important that individuals put plans in place to address possible care. If they still have most of their cognitive abilities, parties could make plans themselves that include an advance directive that would allow them to indicate what type of care they would want to receive in a certain situation, particularly if the scenario seems terminal.
Additionally, individuals may want to create a power of attorney document that appoints an agent to act on his or her behalf when it comes to decision making. Because Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia cause memory loss and other cognitive issues, someone with this disease may need another person to make important decisions for him or her. Creating a power of attorney document allows the person to appoint a trusted individual ahead of time.
Of course, financial concerns are also common after receiving a difficult medical diagnosis. Fortunately, elder law planning could also include steps to help parties potentially qualify for Medicaid and other benefits. Interested Texas residents may want to discuss Medicaid planning, medical directives and other tools that could help get affairs in order with experienced attorneys.