Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 5, where I speak on why an Alzheimer's diagnosis must be disclosed as soon as possible.
A recent study by the Alzheimer's Foundation reported that 55 percent of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers stated that their doctors had never told them they had the disease. This is troubling - why would medical professionals fail to communicate such a critical diagnosis?
Conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia have a stigma that can affect even doctors. Maybe they're not comfortable telling a patient their actual diagnosis; maybe that patient is a longtime friend. There are all kinds of difficult emotions that come from telling someone they have Alzheimer's.
Even so, it's important to take a straightforward approach. Otherwise, failure to disclose Alzheimer's or dementia can lead to serious challenges down the road, including medical bills and an increased risk for elder financial abuse and undue influence. Never let financial predators find a way to exploit an elderly loved one's weakened mental state.
If you would like a free digital copy of the book when it comes out email us at [email protected] I'm happy to share this book on this very important topic.