Protect Alzheimer's patients from greedy caregivers

September is Alzheimer’s awareness month. “Alzheimer’s is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain”.

Connecticut needs to enact a law protecting elderly people from caregivers who exercise undue influence (influence by which a person is induced to act otherwise than by their own free will or without adequate attention to the consequences).

Our brother was a victim of this influence. Never hire a friend to care for your loved ones. A licensed, bonded, insured company should be used. We made the mistake of trusting a friend to care for our brother.

Subtle situations were noticed of the influence the caregiver was having over him. After he died, we found out his will had been changed several times to include the caregiver, leaving her a large portion of his estate. A family member should be informed or present during the changing of a will (especially after a person was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by two different doctors).

Please write to your senators and representatives, as we have done, to enact a law protecting families from this happening.

Richard Cochrane

East Lyme

Patricia Nossek

Waterford

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