Is your parent starting to have memory loss? Unless you have experience in this area it may be difficult to tell. Often parents are good at compensating when others are with them so that any breaches of memory are often glossed over. It’s not usually until the memory loss is more advanced that family starts picking up on the signs. If your parent or parents do not have their legal matters in order, it’s time to do this before the memory loss becomes too advanced and they are unable to express their wishes. Many states have on-line access to power of attorney forms or if you parents already have access to an attorney you can go this route. The important thing to remember is that having these in place long before there is a need will avoid worries later.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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