In my presentations to the public, I often share an experience that had a significant impact on me. It was a meeting I had with a loving husband, trying to take care of a spouse who had profound Alzheimer’s. He was exhausted and could no longer care for her alone. His own health was suffering.
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Recently, hundreds participated locally in an incredible event. On Saturday, September 10th, Southeastern Idaho held its first “Walk to End Alzheimer’s®” by the Alzheimer’s Association®. The number of participants and the amount of contributions both far surpassed what I thought would be realistic.
Participants included several living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members and others who simply wanted to be involved in a tremendous cause. It was inspiring.
They call it a “virtual dementia” tour. For a ten to fifteen-minute period, I was placed in an environment designed to simulate the effects of dementia. People living with dementia often appear docile, giving the impression that dementia is somehow a serene experience. My experience was anything but serene.
Even though my mind re-acclimated within a few minutes, my body was still trying to make sense of the experience. I felt out of breath, even though I had done nothing strenuous. I left with a greater sensitivity for those who live with dementia, and for their caregivers.
My purpose in writing these columns is to help readers make informed estate planning decisions, including “end of life” decisions. To accomplish that purpose, I try to address legal issues using “every day” terms.
It is one thing to understand a legal issue; it is another to be prepared when the complications of life arise. In my professional experience, there is no better example than long term care planning. More and more seniors, and their families, are learning the importance of planning for long term care needs . . . and the incredible difficulties that can arise when no planning is done.