Overview of Guardianship in Vermont
Over the next nine years, the number of Vermonters age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase by more than 40 percent, from roughly 12,000 in 2016 to nearly 17,000 in 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Vermont Department of Human Services estimates that Alzheimer’s accounts for 50-70 percent of dementia patients in the state, which means the total number of Vermonters with some form of dementia will be between 24,000 and 34,000 in 2025.
If you have not become acquainted with guardianship, either planning for yourself or assisting an aging parent, consider doing so now. It’s fair to assume guardianship petitions and related matters are going to increase at a rate correlating to the higher numbers of Vermonters with some form of dementia. This NEET Notes provides an overview of guardianship, the guardian’s powers and duties, the two important methods of petitioning for guardianship, and resources available to better under- stand the process and legal ramifications.
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