Upon hearing the news that
Alzheimer's may be transmissible, it is likely that your first thought is your own health. You may not
be thinking about the financial implications regarding your estate.
Research conducted on a variety of
autopsies may suggest that Alzheimer's may be transmitted through medical treatments.
Findings are not conclusive at this time. The subjects studied had received
dura mater grafts at some point from human cadavers. The dura mater is
a piece of membrane covering the spinal cord and brain. It is possible
that the dura mater was contaminated with a protein that scientists believe
may trigger Alzheimer's.
At this point, scientists are sure that Alzheimer's is not transferable
through normal contact. For instance, a caretaker would not contract the
condition. Additionally, these cadaver-prepared membranes are no longer used.
What This Means for Your Estate
Generally, it is wise to begin planning your estate early on even if you
do not believe there is a risk that you have Alzheimer's Disease.
Of course, it is incredibly smart to begin planning now if you think that
you may be at greater risk for the condition because you have undergone
a procedure like the one described here.
The earlier you make amendments to your will, the better. If you do have
Alzheimer's and wait to plan your estate, it is much more likely that
your will could be contested. Unfortunately,
your will could be thrown out simply because somebody believed that you were not
fit to write it in the first place. This is why you must speak to an attorney
about ensuring your plan is
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