Advanced Directives for Alzheimers
There are two main areas for legal issues with Alzheimers and Advanced Directives, both of which need to be addressed in the Early Stage. A Power of Attorney for both financial and health-care will need to be addressed while the memory is still intact. I would also recommend discussing Advanced Directives if you have not discussed this before.
There are several different kinds of Advanced Directive forms which may be filled out. There is the Healthcare Power of attorney. It must be completed while the person is in the early stages and able to make their own decisions. Another form is the healthcare surrogacy form. It can be completed after the person is no longer able to make their own decisions. It usually must be completed by a physician.
There are laws regarding Advanced Directives which varies from state to state. If you have questions regarding advance directives and alzheimers disease, check with your state. This website will give you state specific information
State Advanced Directive Guidelines
An Advanced Directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions (if you are in a coma, for example). When I talk to patients about this decision, I usually ask them "if I were to walk into this room and find you without a heartbeat, would you want me to try to restart your heart?" If the answer is yes then they are a "full resuscitate" and if the answer is no, they are a "Do Not Resuscitate". In the medical world a "Do Not Resuscitate" is referred to as a "DNR". It simply means we let nature take it's course.
I am a nurse first and I believe that we all have our own thoughts on this matter. Everyone should make sure that someone knows which one they want to be should the situation ever arise