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Transcript: "After the Diagnosis"

Cynthia D. Steele, RN, MPH
Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's
Disease Center:

If you have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease for your loved ones, there are a number of things to do, but early on there are several that are important. First, if the person is still able to participate in a discussion they should be asked when the time comes that they can no longer make decisions about money or about consenting for health care, who do they want to make those decisions for them. Hopefully, that's someone close to them like you, that they trust. And a power of attorney that's durable, that is, it remains in effect after the person's impaired, will help tremendously in the years ahead. Eventually, some persons will need legal guardianship established for them. But in many states, that's not necessary.

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