Family History Of Alzheimer’s? 5 Things To Consider… Before It’s Too Late: Part 2

Family History Of Alzheirmer?
5 Things To Consider... Before It's Too Late
Part 2

By: Keith Maderer and Chelsea Maderer

Alzheimer’s and Dementia are terrible diseases that can rob individuals of their independence, mobility and memories. If you have a family history or are already experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s … you should consider these 5 items. Take action now and find the solution… before it is too late.

Here are the 5 parts in this series:

Part 1: Open the Conversation

Part 2: Create A Memory Gift

Part 3: Letters of Instruction

Part 4: Important Documentation

Part 5: Remember… You’re Only Human

2. Create A Memory Gift

As we get older, our past experiences get blurred from age and time. This process is escalated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Creating a memory gift can be a great way to preserve those precious memories. Gifting this to your family provides them with something tangible they can look at, watch or listen to, forever. This can also be passed down from generation to generation.

My grandfather, a WWII veteran will turn 92 this month. After losing his leg in the war at the age of 18, every year with him is a huge blessing. Fortunately, he is still the witty “joke-ster” I grew up loving. I’ve always enjoyed hearing his stories and guidance about life experience and things he has lived through. This valuable wisdom could be lost forever when he passes or as his memory fades.

Because of this, I’ve decided to do what I’m calling “The Interview of A Lifetime.” I’ve composed a list of questions to ask him. To preserve his wisdom and responses I will videotape his answers.

Sharing this recorded memory gift with our family, is not only important to me… but is very important to him. It will allow him to share his wisdom while he is still able to do so. It provides him the opportunity to talk about family history, share his insights, and state his wishes and expectations for the family now and in the future. As my selfish bonus, I get to spend quality time with him and learn even more about all that he has lived through… Priceless.

Memory gifts will mean a lot to everyone. Allowing the individual to freely express themselves can mean even more to them. Especially if they are already in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The wonderful thing is, the longer your loved one is here, you can always modify or add memories if needed.

Taking the initial step to plan it and do it before it is too late, is the hardest part. But you won’t regret it!



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About The Authors:


Keith Maderer has been a Financial, Investment and Tax professional in the Buffalo-Niagara region for over 30 years. He helps individuals and families to Clarify their needs and goals, Solve their problems, and Simplify their life to avoid the common pitfalls that get in the way of enjoying life and retirement.

He is an author, an entertaining and humorous speaker that enjoys captivating audiences with stories, anecdotes, and messages that inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals.

He has been married for over 30 years and has 5 adult children which contributes to his great sense of humor. For more information please visit:, or or visit his Amazon Author Page.


Chelsea Maderer is a Financial, Investment and Tax Advisor in the Buffalo-WNY region. She helps individuals and families to Clarify their needs and goals, Solve their problems, and Simplify their life to avoid the common mistakes that get in the way of enjoying life and retirement.

For more information please visit:

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