Many of Florida’s senior citizens and families have reason to celebrate the 2017-2018 Annual Budget, which recommends $315.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Among the proposed budget is $3 million of new funding to provide services for elders and their caregivers through the Alzheimer’s Diseases Initiatives Program. The new funding will make proper treatment and diagnosis accessible to more of Florida’s senior population through ADI’s Memory Disorder Clinics.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs reports that nearly 12% of Florida’s senior population has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Receiving proper medical treatment is a critical step for those who may be battling Alzheimer’s dementia.
Proper consultation with your attorney can also help you plan for some of the effects of Alzheimer’s. Ensuring your legal documents and advance directives are in place at present can give voice to your wishes in the future, especially as legal capacity to execute documents becomes a concern.