Having spent approximately the last thirty years representing seniors and their families with the myriad of legal and familial issues impacting them as they age, I have unfortunately seen first hand the havoc created by a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. What has become most apparent is that more and more individuals are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia related illness such as Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia. Sadly, I have also recently observed an increase in number of Alzheimer's diagnoses at ages earlier than one would normally expect. In recent years I have counseled a number of families where an Alzheimer's diagnoses was made of an individual in their 60s and two families where the diagnosis was made in their 50s and 40s; a truly frightening prospect.
Having experienced firsthand for almost thirty years the ravages and cruelty inflicted by Alzheimer's, senile dementia, Parkinson's, ALS and MS upon individuals and their families, it can be particularly galling to learn that some have unnecessarily spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their long-term care as a result of misconceptions and/or misinformation they relied upon. The following are the most common and financially devastating misconceptions: