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Intouch : In Touch Spring 2014
IN TOUCH SPRING 2014 9 Q&A Q THE DOCTOR HAS JUST DIAGNOSED MY WIFE WITH FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA AND SAID WE SHOULD 'GET OUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER'. SHE SAID SOMETHING ABOUT A 'LIVING WILL'. WHERE DO WE START? It is very useful to have conversations about what people want for themselves when they have a diagnosis of any kind of dementia, as they may be unable to do so later on. A living will is also called an Advanced Care Directive and is a statement of how actively a person wants to be treated as they progress with their disease. A useful new website designed to make legal matters more approachable is www.start2talk.org.au. Q MY BROTHER HAS ASKED ME ABOUT TAKING ON HIS LEGAL AFFAIRS. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POWER OF ATTORNEY AND GUARDIANSHIP? The Power of Attorney is to do with managing fnancial and property matters whereas the Guardianship is about a person's health and lifestyle decisions. It is wise to make sure that such documents have 'enduring' in their wording as you will then be empowered to use them should your brother lose the capacity for making sound decisions in the future. While you may need legal advice to set this up, our staff on the National Dementia Helpline are able to assist you during business hours on 1800 100 500 or by email on email@example.com. 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase knowledge and confdence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members' lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10 Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Contact the National Dementia Helpline. T: 1800 100 500 E: nsw.helpline@ alzheimers.org.au Q AlzNSW campaigns rally the public and lobby the government to improve dementia funding and care. Q Courses and special events increase knowledge about dementia risk reduction and treatments. 10 WAYS ALZNSW CAN HELP ALZNSW IS HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, THEIR FAMILIES AND CARERS. LET US COUNT THE WAYS! SERVICES SUDOKU PAGE 20 SUDOKU SOLUTION
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