Hegwood Law - September 2019

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SEPTEMBER 2019

TWO BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ

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D id you know that Sept. 6 marks National Read A Book Day? In celebration of this holiday, my team and I wanted to talk about two books I recently released: “You’re Not Alone! Living With Alzheimer’s Disease” and “You’re Not Alone! Living as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” You can probably glean the purpose of these books just from their titles, but I assure you, what is inside is worth a read. I decided to write these short publications approximately seven months ago when I realized that, with elder law and asset protection, what our clients are planning for more than anything else is incapacity. With the large number of Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., we unfortunately know what that diagnosis means to a patient and their family members. “I decided to write these short publications approximately seven months ago when I realized that, with elder law and asset protection, what our clients are planning for more than anything else is incapacity.” While I feel all the chapters in both books contain valuable information, if you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the book on living with this disease stresses above all else how crucial it is to come in and see us.

With so many decisions to make and documents to complete, we need to schedule a meeting early to ensure everything is in order. In this book, I also discuss the problems that can arise from poorly drafted powers of attorney, especially if you’re hoping to protect your assets while in long- term care.

we have found that in many cases, this lack of personal focus causes the caregiver to pass away before the person they are helping. It is a serious issue and one not many people know enough about to acknowledge. You know you cannot pour from an empty cup, and I believe the educational information in this book will help you come to peace with that notion. In writing these books, what I hope, above all else, is for people going through these struggles to know they are not alone. While an Alzheimer’s diagnosis feels catastrophic, many steps can be taken to make both the legal process and the caregiving a little easier. I want to pass a wealth of information on to you through these pages. If you think you might benefit from reading either of these, do not hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email. We will send you a free copy of either book as soon as possible!

Once we are able to get those documents drafted, it is time to open the second book, “You’re Not Alone! Living as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” Writing this book weighed heavily on me because I have seen firsthand what happens when caregivers do not dedicate any time to take care of themselves. When my grandma was diagnosed with dementia, my grandpa took on the role as sole caregiver, and he would not let anybody else help him. He grew up in a different time and felt the responsibility to care for her should be his and no one else’s, no matter how many times we offered. Unfortunately, it was not until he had a stroke that he allowed us to lend a hand. Stories like my grandparents’ are all too common. As some of the most loyal and selfless people on the planet, caregivers often forget how necessary it is to take time to rest, recuperate, and take care of themselves. They will put their own needs aside, like forgoing dinner or visiting the doctor, and in the end, they are doing more harm than good. In fact,

-Kim Hegwood

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