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MSU Extension offers aid to memory loss caregivers

News from Montana State University News Service

BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension has teamed up with the Montana Alzheimer’s Workgroup and the Department of Public Health and Human Services to offer a free packet of information with Montana-specific information for caregivers and others concerned about memory loss called “Legal and Financial Steps and Resources for Caregivers and Others Concerned About Memory Loss.”

The packet includes fact sheets called MontGuides about financial powers of attorney, wills, letters of last instruction, Medicaid and long term care costs, Provider’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and more. The Montana Alzheimer’s Association has provided three brochures and information about its 24/7 helpline. And, Montana AARP has included an explanation about the Montana Caregiver Act.

“We want to ensure those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their family caregivers have access to Montana-specific materials about legal and financial alternatives,” said Marsha Goetting, MSU family economics specialist.

Kerrie Reidelbach from the Montana Office on Aging said that she believes this information is crucial for Montana families dealing with memory loss situations.

“We want family members to be able to execute appropriate legal documents for their circumstances,” Reidelbach said. “We also want to provide access to printed materials for those who do not have computers or have difficulty accessing internet services.”

For a free copy of the packet call 406-994-3511, contact khayes@montana.edu or visit msuextension.org/alzheimer to download the materials or order the free packet.

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