On July 21st at the Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Association, as part of its “Getting Started” series, I presented on the Legal and Financial Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease. A number of excellent questions arose from the discussion with the program participants, including one which does not arise frequently at gathering of this type, and the second which I do not ever recall hearing at a gathering of this type. I told the group that I would post some references pertaining to each of questions, which I will in this post.
Both questions share a similar theme, which is how do those of the baby boomer generation (or even older Gen-Xers), who are in the role of caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s Diseases or other chronic conditions prepare themselves for a future in which they themselves may face these circumstances.
The first question was about long-term care insurance. I related to the group that these products had undergone a number of changes since first coming on the scene in the 1980s, including in their pricing and the availability of companies issuing these policies. Perhaps the best recent articles on this topic which I have seen was from the Wall Street Journal, with the descriptive title Long term care insurance: Is it worth it?
The second question was whether I knew of “plain English” (versus legalese) book about what baby boomers, Gen Xers and others should be aware of as we grow older. My initial response to this question was later confirmed when a pulled from my bookshelf Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice for Boomers. A co-author of this book is Robert B. Fleming, an Arizona attorney who is also the co-author of a book that I use for my spring semester course at Roger Williams University. I first met Robert in 1990 in San Diego, California at my first National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys program. He writes in lively, straightforward style, and his book would be where I suggest that anyone (and not just baby boomers) begin.