Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier encourages planning for health care and long-term care prior to the onset of critical health issues to eliminate confusion and guesswork and to provide the best care.
DECATUR, GA, June 18, 2018: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Addressing The Legal And Health Care Needs Of Loved Ones With Dementia.” Ms. Collier states startling figures that may motivate readers to take action.
Collier writes, “With the aging baby-boomer generation tending to their parents’ needs and starting to experience the inevitable symptoms of aging themselves, it is critical that families address the impending legal needs of their loved ones sooner rather than later.” She adds, “Management of care for seniors with memory loss is one of the most disconcerting issues to deal with if put off until such time as one is unable to make a decision.”
“According to the latest statistics,” says Collier, “An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018. This number includes an estimated 5.5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.”
Collier enumerates many of the reasons for taking steps and planning early on. She states, “One of the most important is that early planning allows the person with dementia to be involved and express his or her wishes for future care and decisions. This eliminates guesswork for families and allows for the person with dementia to designate decision makers on his or her behalf. “ Collier adds, “Early planning also allows time to work through the complex legal and financial issues that are involved in long-term care.”
According to Collier, “First and foremost, you must make plans for health care and long-term care. Many older adults will require assisted living, either in home or in a facility. Those issues can be addressed, and plans can be put in place to carry them out according to the wishes of the one who will be cared for.”
“If there are assets,” Collier writes, “plans must be made for all holdings and properties. You’ll want to make sure their assets are protected and are working as effectively as possible.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/addressing-the-legal-and-health-care-needs-of-loved-ones-with-dementia/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.