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Decisions to make after dementia diagnosis - video transcript

When the diagnosis for dementia is made, a number of things about the future need to be discussed. This video highlights some points you may wish to discuss with your doctor.

Video transcript

Carol

I know this is going to be hard for Sally. But I want to make it as easy as possible. I mean, I trust her with all the day to day decisions. But are there any big things that I can be deciding now while I still can?

Professor Susan Kurrle

When the diagnosis of dementia is made, it's really important for the GP to sit down with the person with dementia and their closest family member and talk about the future.

There's no predictable path for dementia. People progress at very different rates.

There are a number of things that need to be talked about, for instance, organising enduring power of attorney and enduring guardianship for future decision making, thinking about what sort of care you might want later on in the progress of the disease, things like when will you stop driving, when will you hand over management of the finances.

Those sorts of things are very important to consider.

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Last reviewed: January 2016

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