It is estimated that by the year 2020 – 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with cognitive related issues under the Alzheimer’s umbrella. The onset of cognitive decline may be slow and progressive or rapid and unexpected. The Alzheimer’s Society advocates “Speak Up” – get your affairs in order now. I have adapted this information in the context of prepaid funeral pre-planning. The question I pose to you is: If you are not of mental capacity – then who will make your funeral pre-arrangements for you?
Ideally, prior to cognitive decline the individual has drafted valid Powers of Attorney for Property. With this document the named Power of Attorney for Property has the authority to arrange and fund the prepaid funeral arrangements. For example, I am working with a son on behalf of his mom who has Alzheimer’s and his Dad who is physically not able to meet at the funeral home. Further, the father does not want me to meet him in his home, nor does he want to be involved in the funeral arrangements. He has left this responsibility to his son.
The son has POA for property for his father and the funds are coming from the father’s accounts. As such the son is authorized to act as the purchaser for his father’s and mother’s prepaid funeral arrangements. This is quite a responsibility.
But what if…..?
It is so important to set things up the way you want ahead of time. We do not know what the future holds and to see families struggle through the logistics of funeral pre-planning when their spouse, partner or parent’s has dementia is heart breaking. Taking the time to set things up ahead of time puts you in control. I would love the opportunity to explore this with you.
If you have been diagnosed with or are living with loved ones dealing with Alzheimers, I recently become aware of a powerful documentary called ‘Alive Inside‘. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss. I thought I would share this powerful message with you. Please take a moment to view this trailer for the documentary.
There is a screening of the full documentary taking place on Thursday, January 22nd in Burlington, Ontario. For more details, please click here.
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Until next time,