It is common for a person with Alzheimer’s disease to experience increased confusion as the day progresses. Later-in-the-day confusion is often referred to as sundowning. Alzheimer’s is a mind-degenerative disease that can slowly take our friends or family from us. As elder law attorneys, we are often asked how sundowning can impact an estate plan. It’s important to ensure your loved one’s estate plan is in place to help care for sundowning.
As the sun begins to go down, the person can become more confused, scared or combative. It is not fully known what causes sundowning, only that an Alzheimer’s patient’s attitude changes as the day progresses. But some items that may start sundowners are:
There are many more reasons why a person may suffer from sundowners. The important thing to remember is that it is a recognized problem that you and your loved one must work through.
Some ways to help reduce the impact of sundowning are:
But how does this affect an estate plan?
It’s important to have an estate plan in place before Alzheimer’s or Dementia progresses too far.
3 main parts to an estate plan include:
An estate plan includes how to care for yourself as you get older and how to distribute your assets after your death. Having this ready before Alzheimer’s or Dementia becomes too prominent will help your loved ones care for you.
If a loved one has developed Alzheimer’s or Dementia, you may establish Adult Guardianship as another way to care for them. Working with an attorney specializing in estate planning and elder law will help you or your loved one.
If you have concerns about a loved one, a knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the legal process. To set up an initial meeting, contact the estate planning and elder law attorneys at Estate and Probate Legal Group today at 630-864-5835.
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