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My father lives in Florida, but I live in Massachusetts. He is becoming forgetful and forgetting when and if he had taken his medication. What are some suggestions to help make sure he's getting his medications when he should?

As others have suggested, get a pill box. Contact his doctor and see about assistance for him. Most health insurance will cover certain home visits if the doctor agrees. Medicare and/Medicaid also has options but you will need (or someone) will need to be his health care proxy and it might take some effort.Come to Florida and have him sign you (or someone trusted) as his health care proxy and POA. If you have siblings, get them involved as well. It's usually best to have someone in charge of the medical and someone else in charge of his finances. If he's forgetting his meds, he's probably forgetting his bills too.It's a tough situation. Obviously, if you or someone in your family can be closer to him, it would be in his best interest. If he does not have a health care proxy and POA, he is being left open to theft and other nasty things that some of us learned the hard way :(. He can be taken as a ward of the state if he can be deemed incompetent so get that signed off first. You can get the form at Staples and have a notary (Amscot and banks have notaries) sign off on it. Legalzoom is online and you can get the forms there. Too many people take advantage of the elderly so protect him. POAs can be limited but, if the wrong person gets this, there isn't really much protection. My grandmother was robbed blind by her supposed POA. Be involved as much as you can.

How does dementia lead to organ failure?

You have one answer that is well researched and scientific. I keep getting these questions with people assuming I’m a doctor or nurse; I’m not; just a daughter watching her mother succumb to frontotemporal dementia.I keep asking “how will she die?” of the various doctors and professionals we’ve met with during this journey.They all say that she will eventually lose the ability to swallow; therefore, her body will not receive nourishment. Her organs will shut down as a result. She is being regularly tested for “blood albumin levels” (I researched this, and it is a determination of proteins in the blood. Apparently, she is at a “level 4” where a healthy person would be a 15.)Since I am her health care proxy, I had to fill out an end-of-life directive (in my state, Massachusetts, it’s called a “MOLST” form). I noticed that the form includes instructions for tube-feeding in the event my mother can’t swallow regular food. This presented me with a dilemma; I know my mother would hate a feeding tube, but otherwise, she’d literally starve to death. I sought out the director of her facility for help. This director told me to refuse any artificial feeding or respiration, and to enter “DNR.”I asked why, and was told that my mother would have to be hospitalized, sedated, and fed through a tube. She would be unconscious, and eventually, her brain would die of the dementia. So, after perhaps months on artificial life support, I would be placed in the position of “pulling the plug” -and essentially killing- my mother.My mother is 88, and has led a good life until now. It is clear her brain is terribly damaged by disease; I don’t know how she is still alive, as she doesn’t seem to understand what food is anymore, and needs help to eat.The director of the facility said it is best to let the disease run its course. When the time comes, she’ll “hospice in place” and pass without being in a hospital setting with machines pumping her with air and nourishment.Bottom (unscientific) line: the brain is an organ, and it runs the rest of the body. When it cannot perform the most basic act of self-preservation, ingesting food and water, the rest of the organs fail, too.

How can a lawyer help in estate planning?

An estate planning lawyer will help establish a power of attorney, living trust, and a health care proxy to protect you in your living years. The attorney will also work with you to establish a will and/or testamentary provisions within your living trust to protect those you leave behind. These measures can prevent your property from being distributed according to the provisions of Massachusetts intestacy statutes. Consequently, if these statutes are controlling your situation it means you have lost control over who receives your assets and who is appointed your children’s’ guardians.*Power of AttorneyThe Power of Attorney is a legal document which authorizes another person to manage your financial affairs. There are two types of powers of attorney. The first is a general durable power of attorney which gives power to another person known as an “attorney-in-fact” immediately. The second is a springing power of attorney which gives power to another person known as an “attorney-in-fact” only at the time which you have suffered a physical or mental incapacity. By having a power attorney drafted by an estate planning lawyer, you can avoid the frustration, delay, and costly conservatorship process should you become incapacitated. The conservatorship process ultimately requires a judge to appoint a conservator who may in fact be a complete stranger to the family*Health Care ProxyThe Health Care Proxy allows an adult to appoint another adult to make medical decisions should they not be able to in the future. This power includes the ability to decide if life sustaining measures should be taken. By having a health care proxy drafted by an estate planning lawyer, you can avoid the frustration, delay, and costly guardianship process should you become incapacitated.*Living WillThe living will needs express his or her desires regarding the use of extraordinary measures to extend his or her life when there is no reasonable expectation that he or she will regain consciousness.*Last Will and TestamentThe Last Will and Testament is a tool that allows one to bequeath assets to specific individuals and/or entities, name guardians for your minor children, and potentially prevents your property and children from being distributed under the state’s default intestacy statutes. Unfortunately, many Massachusetts residents are unaware that the Last Will and Testament can neither prevent the expense, delay, and publicity of a probate proceeding nor can the Will override a beneficiary designation on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or a joint form of ownership. Therefore, the estate planner should be aware of all retirement plan beneficiaries, insurance policy beneficiaries, joint accounts and review whether a living trust should be drafted in addition to the Last Will and Testament.Visit

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