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Why do you need an attorney for a person with early-onset dementia?

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As soon as the person you're caring for is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, the two of you should meet with an attorney to create a Power of Attorney (POA). This document gives you -- or whomever your loved one designates -- the right to make financial, property, and personal care decisions for the person with dementia.

An attorney can also help your loved one create a will and other important legal documents.

From: Early-Onset Dementia: A Caregiver's Guide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Early-Stage Caregiving," "i have younger-onset alzheimer's disease."  

Brodaty, H. , June 2009. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors," "The Stresses of Caregiving," "Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers."

National Institute on Aging: "Early-Onset Alzheimers."

National Institute for the Care of the Elderly: "Early Onset Dementia: Advice for Caregivers."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Early-Stage Caregiving," "i have younger-onset alzheimer's disease."  

Brodaty, H. , June 2009. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors," "The Stresses of Caregiving," "Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers."

National Institute on Aging: "Early-Onset Alzheimers."

National Institute for the Care of the Elderly: "Early Onset Dementia: Advice for Caregivers."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

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