17 Elder L.J. 239 (2009)
Planning for Alzheimer's Disease with Mental Health Advance Directives

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Lisa Brodoff
Mental Health Advance Directives (MHAD) have long been used for life planning in
the context of debilitating mental conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia. As
early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has become increasingly more
possible, Professor Brodoff argues in this Article that MHADs can be an extremely
effective tool for planning for a future with Alzheimer's disease. Professor Brodoff
suggests that all attorneys who assist clients with estate planning create a MHAD,
particularly those clients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and those
with the disease in their families. The MHAD is designed to aid caregivers and
medical professionals with determining the best methods for administering care for
this individual, listing particular life values, preferred methods of care and treatment,
and other life decisions, such as how to finance long-term care, when to stop driving,
and how to handle future intimate relationships. Professor Brodoff argues that this
will result in better care tailored to a particular individual's needs and increased
patient involvement in his or her own decision making, which reduces the burden of
shifting the decision making to a family member or other caregiver.
Lisa Brodoff is a clinical law professor and Faculty Fellow, Fred T. Korematsu Center
for Law and Equality, at Seattle University School of Law, where she teaches courses
and clinics in Elder Law, Administrative Law, and Estate and Disability Planning. I
would like to thank my research assistant Carla Calogero for her intelligent comments
and extraordinary contributions to this article; Stephanie Wilson, my talented research
law librarian; Professor Anne Enquist for her comments on my early draft and encou-
ragement to continue on; Professor Connie Krontz for her excellent editing sugges-
tions; and Dean Kellye Testy and Vice Dean Annette Clark for supporting both my
scholarship and teaching. Finally, I want to thank my partner, Lynn Grotsky, for,
once again, being there.

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