KALGARI (660 NEWS) is something many people do not want to think about, who will be responsible for you and your money when you can not make a decision.
It is estimated that over 700,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
Christine van Kaulenberg, vice president of IG Wealth Management, says "it's scary when they feel they are no longer controlling their affairs, or that control can be lifted"
She says it's important to have a power of attorney because money management can be difficult, because patients can not smell different things.
"It's very important to be open and honest with the financial planner and ask what's going on, tell them if you start to deal with things or if you notice things; I do not work as usual, please help me, and do not assume that everything is fine.
Van Kaulenberg emphasizes that this will be a gradual process, which does not mean that your thoughts will not be appreciated.