Hurley Elder Care Law Newsletter - November 2018

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November 2018  

Advocating for an Early Diagnosis of Dementia
Every day we work with families impacted by dementia—sons looking for solutions for their moms that are wandering down the street, daughters worried about their dads driving, wives wondering how they can continue to care for their husbands at home while staying safe, and husbands trying to figure out how to find and pay for good care for their wives. The majority of these clients have one major thing in common: they have contacted us in a crisis, years after initially being diagnosed with dementia.
Crisis Intervention
Dementia is an awful disease. We watched my mother-in-law live with it for years (you can read more about her by clicking here) and have worked with hundreds of clients diagnosed with dementia.
An estimated 135 million people worldwide will have dementia by 2050. In 2010 the global cost of dementia care was estimated at $604 billion and estimated to increase to $1 trillion by 2030. Dementia is one of the largest causes of dependence and disability. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are currently living with Alzheimer’s dementia. And every 65 seconds, someone in the US is diagnosed with dementia. It is unlikely that any person in the US is untouched by dementia.
It never stops being shocking and sad to witness the loss, stress, and heartache this disease causes.  And with no effective intervention to prevent, delay or cure dementia, it is no wonder that most people avoid diagnosis. Most individuals and families ignore or mask the symptoms of dementia for as long as they can, denying that there is a problem until a crisis occurs. Our healthcare, social support and legal system are all adept at responding to crises. 
About 80% of our clients come to us in crisis, finding themselves with few options and no idea what to do. We have staffed our office appropriately to get families in to meet with us for an initial meeting shortly after their first phone call. We are able to create and execute legal and financial plans very quickly, and our care coordinators keep themselves available for all clients that need immediate assistance. But just because we (as well as the healthcare and social support systems) can and do provide great crisis intervention, there is a better way to be secure.
Acting Before the Crisis
It is becoming more and more apparent that individuals and families benefit from proactively addressing dementia issues. Getting a timely diagnosis allows for the following:
•   Connection with specialists that can guide appropriate use of available treatment options;
•   Creation of useful support systems that can provide respite care, educational support, and emotional support;
•   Coordination of care providers to provide effective management of coexisting conditions;
•   Meaningful participation in enriching activities and experience in safe and stress-free ways;
•   Intentional preparation of advance care plans to ensure autonomy and patient-driven care; and
•   Access to all available social and financial resources to help pay for care.
In my ideal vision, clients would come to us way before a crisis, maybe even right after diagnosis.  This would allow us to establish a deeper relationship with our clients affected by dementia, getting to know them before advanced cognitive impairment occurs.  It would also allow us to create and execute an asset protection plan, maximizing any available assets and minimizing the risk of outliving savings.  It has also been our experience that engaging in proactive estate and asset protection planning leads to greater hope and peace of mind for our families. It also helps our clients to be more informed about care options and little-known resources as each of our clients gets connected with one of our care coordinators. This comprehensive approach allows our families to face the diagnosis, proactively, with confidence and autonomy.
Facing the prospect of a dementia diagnosis is scary, but little is gained by putting it off and avoiding the issues. We are ready and able to address crises, but we truly find that better outcomes come from proactive planning.

If you or someone you love is newly diagnosed with dementia, please consider engaging a certified elder law attorney to discuss estate and asset protection planning. You can reach out to Hurley Elder Care Law by calling (404) 843-0121. To read more about our services, please click here.

Family Business
We would like to introduce you to the newest Hurley team member! Kaila Vickery was born and raised in Roswell, GA. She worked as a medication history specialist and a certified pharmacy technician after graduating from Georgia State University-Perimeter College with a degree in psychology. She enjoys hiking to the falls at Vickery Creek, reading, and spending time with friends, family and her dog Bailie. 

Upcoming Speaking Events & Community Presentations
Tuesday, November 13- Join Hurley Elder Care Law at Sterling Estates East Cobb as we discuss "You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know – The importance of Being Educated Prior to a Crisis.  The options for paying for long-term care are limited. Did you know that Medicare will not pay for home care or assisted living community care? Are you aware of the new changes to the VA Aid & Attendance benefit? Most families do not realize their limited options until they are in a crisis—usually when their loved one is about to be discharged from a hospital. Making decisions while in a crisis can be stressful and result in bad choices. This seminar is intended to provide information prior to a crisis. Learn how to best find, get and pay for good long-term care. *This event is free and open to the public. 

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM, Sterling Estates of East Cobb, 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068, Legacy Terrace Room Lower Lobby, RSVP to Lora Causey at or 

For more details and a complete list of upcoming events, please visit Hurley Elder Care Law Community Education.
Recent Blogs
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Medicaid Estate Recovery- How can I avoid the Medicaid Death Bill?

Elder Care Resources
VA Official Dates of War- VA Pension with Aid and Attendance qualifying dates of war.

Understanding VA- What is “Income for VA Purposes?"

The VAs Big Announcement- There are big changes to the Aid and Attendance benefit that went into effect October 18th.

Miles P. Hurley, JD, CELA  Miles P. Hurley founded Hurley Elder Care Law in 2006 to provide legal assistance to the elderly population on issues relating to aging including retaining independence, quality of life and financial security. Mr. Hurley is one of twelve attorneys in the state of Georgia to receive the Elder Law Attorney Certification, and one of approximately 400 nationwide. 
Hurley Elder Care Law is dedicated to the process of long-term care and estate planning. 
Call us today for a free phone consultation with a client coordinator at (404) 843-0121.

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