Preparing for Dementia

Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's | TED Talk


“Alanna Shaikh makes it her business to tackle the world’s most pressing health issues — from HIV/AIDS to the diminishing effectiveness of antibiotics. But when her father developed Alzheimer’s disease, she found herself face to face with an illness she had never deeply considered. Watching him struggle — and understanding that the genetic odds mean that she, too, could develop the disease — Shaikh resolved to prepare for it in concrete ways: by improving her physical condition, cultivating Alzheimer’s friendly hobbies, and becoming a better person.”

 Alana Shaikh says: “People seem to have this idea that your life now would be inherently terrible if you thought about your future too much as you live your daily life. But it seems like the “you” in the future would regret that choice. The future Alanna will come back and slap me upside the head if I pretend she doesn’t exist right now. It seems to be a surprising idea that you can live a good life now that prepares you for a good future.”

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Mindy Felinton, Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, Rockville 844 255-5525

Kevin Bress, Teaches Elder Law, Has headed firm’s Estate and Elder Law Departments, Works with clients throughout Maryland, Offices in Towson & Columbia. (410) 339-6767,  (410) 832-5610 (main office)

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Advance Directive Form for DC, MD & VA

This form is a combined durable poser of attorney for health care and living will for use in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. With this form, you can:
· Appoint someone to make medical decisions for you if you, in the future, are unable to make those decisions for yourself.
· Indicate what medical treatment you do or do not want if, in the future, you are unable to make your wishes known.  It was prepared by the District of Columbia Hospital Association.

To download a copy, click on the following link:

Maryland Advance Directive: Planning for a Future Health Care Decision

A Maryland law called the Health Care Decisions Act says that you can do health care planning through “advance directives.”  An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent.  This is someone you trust to make health care decisions for you.  An advance directive can also be used to say what your preferences are about treatments that might be used to sustain your live.  The State offers a form to do this planning, included with this pamphlet.  The pamphlet has three parts: Part I, Selection of Health Care Agent; Part II, Treatment Preferences (“Living Will”); and Part III, Signature and

To download the form, click on the following link:

Keep important medical information on your iphone in case of emergency

Medical ID for iphone* helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency.  To access Medical ID, tap on the heart icon on your phone.  For instructions on how to use Medical ID, click on the following link:

*Preinstalled on all iphone versions beginning with iphone 8

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

The “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” form is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments.  It: consolidates important information into orders that are valid across the continuum of care, standardizes definitions, reminds patients and providers of available treatment options, and increases the likelihood that a patient’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments are honored throughout the health care system.  It is signed by a doctor or other qualified health professional and is valid across the continuum of care.  It can be posted on your refrigerator, where emergency medical technician know to look if they come to your house.

To read about, download, and complete the form, click on the following link:

For the DC form (MOST), click on the following link:

For information about Virginia (POST)*, click on:

*Virginia POST forms cannot be downloaded online but must be obtained from your physician