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TFAD Recommendation #10

Awareness of Dementia and the Legal Profession

In the legal profession awareness and fundamental understanding of dementia is crucial for effective representation of those living with dementia. To advance effective legal representation, TFAD supports the availability of educational options to increase awareness and knowledge of topics related to dementia designed for students pursuing legal professions and licensed professionals completing required continuing legal education (CLE). Judges and court personnel are encouraged to participate in dementia education and trainings. Topics include:

· Capacity for decision making related to health care, finances, living arrangements, and other pertinent decisions

· Advance care planning

· Estate planning

· Adult guardianship

· Risk of exploitation

· Ethical considerations

· Information related to dementia (possible warning signs, diagnostic processes. Ongoing care, and supportive services.

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