Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
The Alzheimer’s Association has designated June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. By shining light on the importance of brain health, the organization hopes to raise awareness of the cognitive impact dementia has on aging individuals. With over 47 million individuals worldwide experiencing some degree of dementia, almost every family will one day be affected by this serious brain condition.
Importance of Brain Health
Many people misunderstand the difference between an aging mind and the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike the normal aging process, Alzheimer’s directly attacks the brain causing a progressive mental deterioration. Symptoms will worsen gradually and eventually can lead to an individual’s inability to communicate or respond to those around them.
Dementia can take many forms with a wide range of symptoms. These can include: memory loss that affects daily living activities; difficulty in problem solving and spatial perception; poor judgment; time confusion; misplacement of common objects; social withdrawal; and problems speaking or writing.
Although a cure for dementia including Alzheimer’s remains elusive, early diagnosis can lead to treatments that temporarily improve symptoms. Ongoing clinical studies promise new drug treatments that may potentially slow or stop the disease’s progression.
During June, the Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring several events to highlight the importance of brain health. On June 21, the “Longest Day” event encourages teams to undertake a fundraising activity together in honor of a loved one affected with Alzheimer’s. Participants are encouraged to do something they love to raise money. Research indicates that 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases involve some form of Alzheimer’s. All funds raised will be used to support ongoing dementia research searching for a cure for the disease. By wearing purple or changing their Facebook profile picture to purple throughout the month, the public also can show their support for individuals living with dementia or Alzheimer’s and their caretakers.
Families should remain vigilant for signs of failing mental health in their elderly loved ones. Individuals in the early stages of dementia frequently hide their deteriorating condition by refusing to participate in activities or covering up their difficulties.
Assessing the Legal Needs of Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is the perfect time to evaluate if your loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia has the legal protections they need in place. In many cases this includes using a durable power of attorney or living will to ensure that an individual is receiving the proper medical care and financial oversight. Protecting the assets of an individual with deteriorating brain health often involves designating another person to legally act on their behalf regarding financial or medical matters. Seeking the assistance of an experienced Brooklyn elder law lawyer is the first step to protect a loved one living with compromised brain health.
Brooklyn Elder Law Litigation Attorneys at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Protect Seniors Living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the experienced Brooklyn elder law lawyers at Korsinksy & Klein, LLP are here to help. With both the experience and compassion to handle all types of elder law issues, our attorneys can assist in estate planning, drafting of durable powers of attorney, and other elder law matters.
With offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, New York and Lakewood, New Jersey, we proudly serve seniors throughout Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester, New York. To schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Brooklyn elder law lawyer today, call us at 212-495-8133 or submit an online contact form.