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Alzheimer's diagnosis - what next?

My husband (66) has just been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's. I don't know where to begin. Could someone please let me know if I'm headed in the right direction? I know I need to get Power of Attorney for him. I am putting our name on the elderly housing list that has a 2-4 year wait. In Delaware, you can get housing vouchers. We have no money in the bank, but we do okay with his pension, social security and my working. I know I will have to give that up at some point, but for the moment, he's great. Are there any other issues I should be addressing ahead of time?
Status: Open    Jun 03, 2015 - 06:18 AM

Dementia, Finance

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Jul 10, 2015 - 09:51 AM

I'm sorry to learn of your husband's diagnoses. The answer to your question is that YES, there are very likely to be other issues to address. Each situation is distinct. First, as you have correctly mentined, a DPOA is a MUST. You will need a health care power of attorney and a financial durable power of attorney. There are good ones and there are bad ones. Next, get yourselves prepared for medicaid eligibility. This is a state and federal program, administered at the state level. It's pretty darn complex. This is the prime situation to contact an experienced elder law attorney. You will need to enquire of this attorney--what percentage of your practice involves elder law. It is not 100%, then you are in the wrong place.

Oct 02, 2015 - 01:51 PM

I realize that learning that a loved has Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. One of the first things I would do is make contact with the Alzheimer’s Association. Their website is They not only actively research Alzheimer’s and other dementias, they are also an excellent resource for Alzheimer’s patients, families and caregivers. They provide assistance and support regarding situations encountered by people with the different types of dementia. For example, they provide suggestions on how to provide a safe environment, help your loved one remain oriented and monitoring your husband so he does not get lost.
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