Alzheimer's May Be Transmissible -- What Does This Mean For Your Estate?

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.

The Research

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 totally fireproof.

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