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Understanding Alzheimer’s: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to show support for the millions of people struggling with this debilitating disease—and, a good time to think about planning for the possibility of needing long-term care.

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that leads to memory, thinking, and behavioral problems. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for between 60 and 80 percent of all cases.

While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, numerous research studies and clinical trials are exploring ways to diagnose, treat, and manage it. Some medications have been shown to lessen or delay the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Various strategies have also been developed to improve the quality of life and comfort of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Hopefully, science will soon discover more effective treatments, and ultimately, a cure.

While medical science cannot prevent Alzheimer’s disease, estate planning allows you to plan for the possibility of being incapacitated by it. Through proper planning, you can protect your life savings against the high cost of long-term care. You can also use advance directives to help ensure you receive the level and type of care you want. Finally, you can control who receives your assets after you pass away, as well as when and how your heirs will receive them.

We are committed to helping everyone in our community who struggles with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or wants to prepare for the possibility of developing it. We invite you to contact us to discuss your particular needs and goals at your earliest convenience.

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