How to do advance planning for people living with dementia

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Advance planning empowers people to make their own decisions about important topics like finances, health care, and living arrangements before the need arises. Yet, most people living with dementia have not created advance directives. What can be done in this situation?

The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC) has created a series of consumer guides to help people living with dementia and their family members or other care partners know what to plan for and how to get started. The guides cover 4 topics: 1) health care planning; 2) financial planning; 3) care planning; and 4) supporting someone living with dementia in making decisions.

The NADRC encourages organizations, agencies and individuals serving older adults to distribute these guides to their local communities and professional networks and friends and family. The NADRC also created a version of these guides for organizations to co-brand with their logo. Interested organizations can consult the instructions and guidelines available on the NADRC website.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.