Seniors Should Pick a Financial Ally Before Cognitive Decline Hits. Here’s How.
By Nick Fortuna
Seniors often wait too long to simplify their finances, communicate financial goals, and eventually sign a power-of-attorney document that names someone to manage their money if they’re no longer capable. This delay can be costly, and it’s why researchers are urging seniors to choose a financial advocate and create a financial plan before they need assistance.
Mild cognitive impairment, which often presages dementia or Alzheimer’s, affects 6.7% of people ages 60 to 64, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Rates climb steadily thereafter, reaching 14.8% for those ages 75-79 and 25.2% for ages 80-84. Among people older than 65 who have mild impairment, 14.9% will get dementia within two years, according to the AAN.
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Nick Fortuna is not affiliated with US Wealth Management, LLC and LPL Financial.