For someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimers disease, preventing identity theft and maintaining good credit can seem impossible. Credit problems and identity issues can be difficult to guard against during the best of circumstances, but for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimers disease a form of dementia that affects thinking, memory and behavior preventing identity theft and maintaining good credit can seem impossible.As many as 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimers disease in 2017, according to the Alzheimers Association. The number of Alzheimers victims is on track to triple by 2050, meaning up to 16 million Americans could be living with the disease.For many individuals, money management problems such as unpaid or unopened bills, extraneous or unusual purchases and numerous ATM cash withdrawals are common financial symptoms of Alzheimers or dementia. . These types of smaller infractions could negatively affect an Alzheimers patients credit or make them easy targets for identity theft.Alzheimers disease and dementia both take a physical and emotional toll on every family they touch. Fortunately, there are a few ways to lessen or eliminate the financial risks associated with Alzheimers and dementia.Set up a living willYou can take legal steps to help prevent loved ones with Alzheimers disease from making devastating financial mistakes. Soon after a diagnosis, contact an attorney, advises Howard S. Krooks, former president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and partner with Elder Law Associates PA in southeast Florida. Krooks recommends acting on the following as soon as possible:

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