Alzheimer’s advocates push for bill recognizing out-of-state guardianship

The Alzheimer’s Association is pushing lawmakers to take a closer look at a bill it says would go a long way toward helping to care for those who suffer from the neurodegenerative disease.

Advocates lobbied at the General Assembly on Wednesday in favor of the Uniform Guardianship Act.

The bill would recognize the legal guardianship of an Alzheimer’s patient already established in another state if those people move to North Carolina.

“It’s kind of a no-brainer in the sense that if all state recognize the guardianship order from other state courts, it will allow other people to come here without problems,” explained Scott Herrick, with the Western Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “[They can] bring loved ones down from other states when they need to care for them with dementia.”

Advocates say Alzheimer’s affects about 160,000 people in North Carolina.

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