Enhancing the Quality of Life for People with Alzheimer’s and Their Families

Learning how to communicate with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s Disease is often a difficult task for families. It can be heartbreaking and confusing to witness a loved one exhibit behavior that is far from their usual temperament. In order to sustain relationships and enhance coping abilities, family members and caregivers must learn how to communicate with their loved ones in ways that can enhance the quality of life for the individual. Techniques for Communication Learning how to successfully communicate with your loved one can […]

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Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Conservatorship

We continue to receive lots of questions from elder health care professionals and members of  the community about powers of attorney, guardianship, and conservatorship. A power of attorney is a legal document in which one person (the principal) authorizes another (the agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on the person’s behalf. There are financial powers which allow your agent to make decisions for you regarding financial matters, and healthcare powers of attorney which allow your agent to make decisions for you regarding your healthcare needs. Your […]

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Durable Powers of Attorney

What is a durable general power of attorney? A durable general power of attorney is a legal document where one person (the principal) authorizes another (the agent) to act on the principal’s behalf regarding financial decisions. It is an estate planning document which allows a person to plan for care and control of property in the event he or she becomes incapacitated. Powers of attorney are the single most important documents to put in place so that a family member or trusted friend will have […]

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