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It’s been a very big day for me with all these articles coming out, this one is on Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Walks:

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Check it out on page 28


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      Lazylola wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • my grandmother did



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      Anne E wrote Oct 2, 2010
    • Nice writing as always Carine!



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      Hotflash wrote Oct 2, 2010
    • Great article!  My mom had dementia, which from what I understand (please correct me if I am wrong), is very similar to Altzheimers in symptoms.  Mercifully, she died before it got too bad.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 2, 2010
    • I know a priest, Fr. Tom, who has it.  He does not remember who I am but we will walk and skip the hall nowadays, singing “oh, let the Saint, go marching in“... he has such a happy soul.  God bless him.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 2, 2010
    • My mother died this past Dec. 28th from alzheimers.  She had it for over 12 years.  It’s a horrible disease and there is no cure.  The chances of all of us getting it is increasing.  

      I’m in charge of my employer’s Memory Walk team this year which just so happens to be on my mother’s birthday, November 6th in Augusta, GA.  

      My suggestion to all of you is...if you have parents that are showing any type of memory problems.  Make sure you all get Power of Attorneys set up and wills.  After their mind is gone so far...those things are not attainable.  And it becomes a grand mess.  

      All I can say is....it’s awful!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • good suggestions Mary Clarke.  My BIL’s an attorney and is working on getting our dad’s.  He’s not too bad right now, but he’s been getting a lot worse w/ the knowledge that he can’t drive and that, as the letter from the DMV put it, “because of a mental condition“.



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      Hotflash wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • Altzheimers creeps up slowly sometimes.  What is scary is that at times they act so competent, and then they will surprise you with oddball stuff.  So it can go undetected easily, unless you are in constant touch with the person.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • Actually, we all should get power of attorney, living will and will done ... for we never know.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • you‘re so right chinadoll.  we made our will into a trust way back when the kids were little.  unfortunately-we haven’t changed it in over 21 years!!!  somehow I don’t think they need a guardian anymore.  LOL



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • Great article Carine. My Grandmother had alzheimers. It was so sad to see her like that. Very tough on the family too.



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      Hotflash wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • You all make good points as far as getting all of the paperwork (wills) taken care of.  May I add that you need to request permission from the IRS and SS before they will let you intercede or try to help a parent or grandparent. With privacy laws being what they are....



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • Hotflash...social security does not recognize POA’s.  They require a letter from that person’s doctor stating they are unable to handle their affairs.  They will accept that but not a POA.  

      As far as the IRS we never had to ask for permission to handle our mother’s tax affairs.  My sister’s POA was sufficient.  

      I will add if you do not have a POA established before the disease has greatly taken over and they are no longer able to make the decision to make you their POA..then you have to go the conservator route...which is a headache.



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      Hotflash wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • Thanks, MC, that is helpful info. I will admit, when my mother was alive, neither the IRS nor SS would discuss anything on the phone with me, even though I was handling her affairs.  Sadly, she died before I actually had to process any paperwork, so I never really had to “test” either of those agencies. Her will was clear, and I had no problems. You are correct that if it is not handled on the front end, then it is a pain to handle on the back end when they become incapacitated.



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • @HOTFLASH....

      I’m sorry about your mother.  When did she pass away?  How long did she have alzheimers?  

      We were so thankful our mother had everything in place.  She had a living will and strict orders of no tube feeding and made her wishes known.  We are so grateful that she had everything in order.



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      Hotflash wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • My mom passed away 7 years ago, and actually she had dementia from several small strokes.  I was told that the end result, for the most part is the same symptoms as dementia.  She was still “there” a lot of the time, and recognized all of us, but she was slowly slipping away.  God was merciful to take her away before it got too bad.  Her sister that outlived her was not so lucky and it was pitiful to watch. She is gone, too, now



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