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Navigating the Challenges of Cognitive Decline and Financial Decision-Making

By January 10, 2024February 2nd, 2024One Wealth Perspectives

Cognitive decline, a natural part of aging, can significantly impact an individual’s ability to make sound financial decisions. As we age, changes in cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and executive function can subtly erode our financial acumen. This decline can range from simple forgetfulness to more severe forms of impairment like dementia. The effects are far-reaching, affecting everything from daily budget management to long-term financial planning. Alarmingly, the decline often goes unnoticed by the
individuals themselves, making them vulnerable to financial mistakes or exploitation.

The implications of cognitive decline in financial decision-making are particularly concerning for the elderly, who may be managing retirement funds, estate planning, and healthcare expenses. Research has shown that financial capacity – the ability to manage money and financial assets in ways that meet a person’s needs – is often one of the first abilities to decline in cognitive disorders. This decline can lead to missed bill payments, poor investment choices, and susceptibility to scams. Unfortunately, these errors can have devastating effects on an individual’s financial security and quality of life in their
later years.

To mitigate these risks, early planning and intervention are key. It’s crucial to establish a trusted support network, including family members, financial advisors, and legal professionals, who can help monitor and assist with financial decisions. Tools like durable power of attorney for finances and revocable living trusts can be effective in safeguarding financial assets when a person’s decision-making capabilities diminish.

If you’re concerned about the impact of cognitive decline on financial decision-making, either for yourself or a loved one, we are here to help. We have a deep understanding of these challenges and can provide strategies to help safeguard your financial well-being.

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