An elder law attorney at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can help you to plan ahead in case you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another brain disorder. An attorney can also help you to respond to a diagnosis as it is important that you take swift action when you have these progressive conditions to ensure you’ve made your preferences clear and secured your legacy while you still can.
While no one likes to think about developing Alzheimer’s or dementia, these conditions impact many people and it is important to plan for them. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide the assistance that you need in ensuring that you and your family are prepared and ready with an incapacity plan and advanced directives in case of a diagnosis of dementia or another serious medical illness.
To raise awareness of the issues associated with dementia and brain disorders, Long Island.com reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed that June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month.
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
According to Long Island.com, Joint Resolution passed 5108 passed to recognize a proclamation by Governor Andrew Cuomo naming June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month within the state of New York. The goal of making June Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month is to focus attention on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on New Yorkers and on people throughout the United States.
The executive director for the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association commented favorably on the proclamation, stating: “Our ongoing efforts to support, educate and advocate for New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer’s disease in coordination with the New York State Department of Health, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature are key to mitigating the Alzheimer’s public health crisis in New York.”
Alzheimer’s affect around 5.7 million Americans including 400,000 people who live in New York State. By 2025, there is expected to be around a 15 percent increase in Alzheimer’s patients in New York as the population ages. Further, there are over one million New Yorkers who serve as unpaid caregivers to loved ones with dementia, and the care they provide is worth an estimated $14.8 billion in economic value according to Long Island.com.
Medicaid also spends a substantial amount of money caring for people with Alzheimer’s in New York. In fact, Medicaid will spend around $4.834 billion on Alzheimer’s care for New York residents, which is more money than in any other state in the United States.
Because Alzheimer’s can be so expensive and because caregivers can be substantially burdened by trying to care for someone with dementia, it is important for New Yorkers to make an advanced plan to ensure that they are able to afford the help that they need if they are diagnosed with dementia. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can help.
Getting Help from an Elder Law Attorney
An elder law attorney at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide you with personalized one-on-one advice about how you can prepare in advance for a serious illness such as dementia or how you can respond if you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another brain health condition. You should take action before a diagnosis so you are prepared and ready to ensure that your wishes will be respected, your assets will be taken care of, and your family will be provided for no matter what happens to you.
To find out more about how our firm can help you with Alzheimer’s and dementia planning, as well as with creating a comprehension incapacity plan, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online today to learn more about the assistance we can offer.