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Alzheimer’s Disease: Encouraging News & Why Planning is Crucial

POSTED ON: July 28, 2015

Earlier this month, beloved actor Omar Sharif, whose career included star turns in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” died at the age of 83, just months after his son confirmed he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate. The progressive brain disorder is the sixth leading cause of death in America and affects nearly five million Americans, a number is expected to triple by 2050. However, thanks to continuous study and medical innovation in the field the future is not as bleak as it once was.

This past week brought exciting news in Washington of a new saliva test for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and encouraging data for an experimental Alzheimer’s drug. If confirmed, the test could present a good screening tool, allowing doctors to determine whether further testing is called for.

If your family is at risk or currently dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, planning for the future is crucial. The earlier you plan, the more options there are available to protect what you’ve earned and those you love.

One of the main goals of our law practice is to help families like yours plan for long-term care needs while ensuring the safe, successful transfer of wealth to the next generation without conflict or concern. Call the Heritage Law Center today to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about a Family Wealth Planning Session, where we can identify the best strategies for you and your family to ensure your legacy of love and financial security.