Attorney Marc B. Hankin discusses how to use a durable power of attorney, an advance health care directive and a living trust when someone is diagnosed with dementia. He will discuss what to do if the patient did not sign any of those documents while competent, the good and bad of conservatorships and how to preserve the patient’s independence as long as possible.

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The project described was supported by Grant Number 1C1CMS330982 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies. This project was funded, in part, by the Archstone Foundation.