Today is the International Alzheimer’s Day, when according to the numbers: there are about 180,000 people living in Israel who suffer from the disease, the main symptoms of which are expressed in a slow and continuous degeneration of the nerve cells in the brain. The disease was first described in 1906 by the German researchers Alois Alzheimer and Emil Karpelin. Despite countless studies conducted in recent years, there has yet to be a real breakthrough in the treatment of the serious disease, which causes tremendous suffering among the patients themselves and their families.
In parallel with the advanced scientific research of the disease that is being carried out in Israel in academia, research institutes and hospitals, in recent years the law in Israel allows citizens to remain in control of their lives even in the case of diseases that manifest themselves in cognitive impairments, a decline in memory and daily functioning, such as Alzheimer’s disease. One of the common measures is a lasting power of attorney, an important tool that helps each person maintain his autonomy and the fulfillment of his wishes even on days when he is unable to do so himself. In recent years there has been an increase in the use of durable power of attorney.
“As long as a person is fit, he can dictate both the nature of his treatment, personal and medical, both the nature of the economic conduct and appoint the representatives of power who will be responsible for putting his directives into effect on the days when he will not be fit,” explains attorney Anat Daniel-Kofman From the law firm Sidi & Co. “Furthermore, that person can limit the information given to his relatives, can decide which factors will determine that he is incompetent and in what way, and can increase or decrease external supervision of those factors.”