Dementia Directives

What if you were to develop dementia? What kind of medical care would you want?

About Dementia

There is no known cure for dementia. People with dementia eventually are unable to recognize people they know, eventually they will need help from others to care for themselves, and gradually they will lose the ability to speak, eat, and walk. While people do eventually die from dementia, the average time for dementia to progress to a severe form takes about 8 years.

The Challenges

These disorders are caused by abnormal brain changes that can result in the following symptoms:

  • Problems with short-term memory
  • Remembering appointments
  • Keeping track of wallet or purse
  • Paying bills
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Travelling out of the neighborhood

“Dementia is not a single disease,” according to The Alzheimer’s Association, “it’s an overall term – like heart disease– that covers a wide range of specific medical conditions.”  

Planning for your Future

Your guidance today will help the people taking care of you in the future.

If you were to develop worsening dementia, one of the most important things you can do is tell people who would be taking care of you what you would want for medical care. As dementia advances, you will lose the ability to make decisions. Others – family, friends, or a surrogate decision-maker – will need to make decisions for you
A Dementia Directive – also known as a Living Will for Dementia – is now available. This tool enables you to communicate your wishes for care and treatment and offers some peace of mind for those who may be carrying out your wishes to be sure that the decisions they make are aligned with what you would have wanted.
The Dementia Directive describes the various stages of dementia and under each stage, provides options for you to indicate which medical interventions you would want at that stage. The form is free to download.

Take the time, now.

Take the time to complete the Dementia Directive now. Attach it to your Advance Directive. Share with you loved ones or surrogate decision-maker. You’ll feel better that you’ve taken this step to make your wishes known and to help your loved ones if they face difficult decisions on your behalf.
PDF For download. 6 pgs.

Dementia or Living Will Directives

What if I had Dementia? Planning for the Future

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common problems people face in their 70’s and 80’s. One of the most important things you can do is tell people who would be taking care of you what medical care you think you would want if you were to develop worsening dementia.