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Old 12-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #21
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I take folic acid to improve my memory. it seems to help.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
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A very serious problem. When DM dementia started getting worse, Aricept was newly available. She couldn't remember to take it. DF really stepped up and took care of things he always refused to do all his life, cleaning, laundry, getting food. But he refused to help DM with her meds. Many years later we've realized he couldn't, he was hiding his own dementia.

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Old 12-21-2013, 11:14 PM   #23
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Very interesting that so many don't have children or close relatives that they trust enough to be financially involved. My brothers and I had to take on the finances for my parents (mom had Alzheimer's and Dad cancer) to pay bills and caregivers so they could stay at home. So it was on my mind for several years, making sure they didn't run out of money or get cheated. As a result, we have talked numerous times with my daughter about our finances, plans and wishes. If we get more dependent, she and her husband have a place where we could live on their property as a possible choice. I really felt like my parents were so unprepared, because my mom was the one who took care of the finances and so when she got Alzheimer's, my dad was lost about budgeting his funds, paying bills, etc.
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Very interesting that so many don't have children or close relatives that they trust enough to be financially involved. My brothers and I had to take on the finances for my parents (mom had Alzheimer's and Dad cancer) to pay bills and caregivers so they could stay at home. So it was on my mind for several years, making sure they didn't run out of money or get cheated. As a result, we have talked numerous times with my daughter about our finances, plans and wishes. If we get more dependent, she and her husband have a place where we could live on their property as a possible choice. I really felt like my parents were so unprepared, because my mom was the one who took care of the finances and so when she got Alzheimer's, my dad was lost about budgeting his funds, paying bills, etc.
One of the greatest gifts FIL/MIL gave us were all their last wishes in writing. They probably put it together when they were 60. Had all the standard legal stuff POA, trust, health directives. More important were letters stating how they wanted their eventual end to be taken care of. Each child had a sealed letter to be opened after both passed. Simple stuff, how much easier they made their passing for their children. BTW - they passed exactly 90 days apart from each other. He never knew his DW was ill(nor did she), as she sat by his bedside.
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Very interesting that so many don't have children or close relatives that they trust enough to be financially involved.
Well, given how responsible the average forum member is with finances, and given how much of a minority the 'truly fiscally responsible' people are in the world, it's no surprise to me that there are a good number of those who are responsible themselves, yet don't feel that they know a clear nominee that they would completely trust with all things financial with their entire estate if they were unable to manage their own affairs.

The average person who doesn't think that far ahead or who isn't worried about their fiscal health isn't likely to be as worried about making sure a responsible, trusted, and not-sky-high-fee 3rd party is available to rely on.
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