Even in today’s medically advanced world, plenty of mystery surrounds Alzheimer’s disease. There is little known about its causes and why it develops so rapidly. Often times, people believe it is not necessary to learn because it will not affect them or a loved one. The truth is, the disease can surprise us all. Its long-term effects can be devastating to the affected individual and their family or caretaker. Despite not having a family history of the disease, it would benefit us all to learn more.
Pat Summitt, the University of Tennessee’s women’s head basketball coach, serves as an example of the devastation this can have on an individual, a family, and a community. Summitt’s recent passing on June 28th from a long battle with Alzheimer’s made headlines and reminded us of the effects this disease can have and the importance of combatting it head on. A woman who was active, constantly using her critical thinking skills still became a victim of the disease and caused a quick deterioration of her physically and mentally.
Unfortunately for many, there is no current cure but there are other ways of battling this disease. At our last Alzheimer’s conference we learned the benefits of coconut oil in retarding the progression of the disease. We also learned that dancing is more beneficial than reading the newspaper or Sudoku in keeping the mind strong against the disease. There are also ways of making decisions for yourself before the disease becomes a detriment. If you have Alzheimer’s disease in your family, you should place priority on preparing your estate planning. Many individuals choose to do so after they are diagnosed and often times this is too late. Even if you have no history of the disease. It is still beneficial to prepare your plan as it can avoid many, if not all, issues that may arise down the road.
If you are unsure or hesitant, speaking with a trusted family member, friend, or estate planning attorney can help you sort out any uncertainties.
Do not let a disease such as Alzheimer’s prevent you from securing your plans and your legacy.
Planning now for the future may allow you to live a meaningful and dignified life. Even if you are unable to make it happen on your own.