Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Alzheimer’s Disease

Introduction

If you have ever watched someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you are aware it is one of the most ungracious and debilitating of the mental diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and generally affects people over the age of 65. Today, there is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses and inevitably will cause death. It does tend to affect our golden agers in our society, yet early onset Alzheimer’s can occur as well. It is estimated worldwide there is well over 26 ½ million people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease does affect every individual differently and in many different ways. If you have a loved one or someone you know that has Alzheimer’s disease, you might consider applying for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.

Causes

There really is no known cause for Alzheimer’s, yet there are many different ideas as to the cause. The most common one and the one that most doctors treat with is the cholinergic hypothesis. Then there is also the amyloid hypothesis which there has been a lot of support for. Research is being constantly done to test either of these theories as well as others. Until there is a cure for this, doctors do their best to treat Alzheimer’s with what they know as well as all the other complications that go with Alzheimer’s.

Symptoms

It is important to remember that Alzheimer’s is not a normal function of aging yet it is a disability. There are many different symptoms that happen with it and the following is what to look for:

  • Memory loss – this is memory loss that affects your daily life. This could be special events or occasions, recent happenings or information, being repetitive is just a few things. This goes over and beyond the normal memory loss that we all experience as we age.
  • Challenges in planning and solving issues – this can happen in so many ways but some of them are remembering phone numbers and birthdates, paying the bills, writing a cheque. There will be great difficulty in concentrating and tasks will take longer.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks – this could be anything from doing the laundry or the grocery shopping. This is quite common with the routine activities, when certain things are forgotten.
  • Misplacing things – this happens when things easily get misplaced and you find you do not have the ability to retrace your steps to find it.
  • Withdrawal – this happens quite often as well. Mainly due to all of the factors and things you are experiencing people tend to withdraw from family, friends and situations. It gets more difficult to function properly so they take themselves from the situation.

Disability Tax Credits for Alzheimer’s Disease

There are a few key things to remember, the above-mentioned symptoms are happenings over time and not one-time occurrences. It is comforting to know that if you have a family member or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease that there is help available. You may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under the mental functions and other categories. You would have to look at your current situation and see which you qualify for. It is advised for you to contact HandyTax today and they will be happy to show you how they can help you.