April 2024 Newsletter

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From The Certified Elder Law Attorney's Desk:

William W. “Bill” Erhart

Advanced Health Care: Will your advance care planning honor your wishes?

Two items published in February impressed us. One on the fragility of life and the effect of decisions we make. Second, we make decisions before we know the facts. The second is changing.

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported the results of a twenty-year study in China. The participants were from 45 to 65 years old with no prior cognitive deficits. They were recruited for a long-term study. One purpose was to attempt to correlate biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease from those cognitively normal among the Chinese.

The subgroup selected for the study underwent testing of spinal fluid, cognitive assessments and brain imaging at two-to-three-year intervals. Eventually, 648 participants who developed Alzheimer’s disease were matched with 648 participants...

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