Seniors! Planning For a Disability: How and Why
Jesse Bifulco, Attorney, Camden Maine
Is there a Way to Plan for a Disability?
In Maine, the answer is yes, you can plan for a senior disability. Many people fear what will happen to them if they become disabled. No one likes to think about the possibility of their own disability or the disability of a loved one. But you can learn how to protect your estate and your loved ones from the devastating effects of elder disability in Maine. The statistics are clear that we should all plan for at least a temporary disability. The stress of disability on the individual and the family can be extreme. Disability planning is one area where we can give each and every person, caregiver and family we work with great comfort in knowing that, if the day comes for themselves or a loved one, they will be prepared. Discussing options and planning early (while capacity is not an issue) will help bring peace of mind and alleviate some of the fear surrounding this issue. You can be proactive about senior disability planning in Camden Maine and other parts of Maine.
In Maine alone, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s will increase from 37,000 individuals today to over 53,000 individuals by 2020. One in eight people aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease, and Maine’s 65-74 year old age group is forecast to grow by 77%
– State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Maine
Most Individuals Will Face At Least a Temporary Disability Statistics show that one in three Americans will face at least a 90-day disability before reaching age 65 and. On the whole, Americans are up to 3.5 times more likely to become disabled than die in any given year. Disabilities are unpredictable and many think they can only happen to other families. The reality is, it does not take a lot to disable a senior. Hopefully, the disability is temporary and the senior only needs help during a successful rehabilitation.
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