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The Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris

Helping You Protect Your Family Legacy

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Serving Western and Central Pennsylvania

Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate, and carry out daily activities. As the disease progresses, those diagnosed with the disease may experience changes in behavior and personality. These changes can be exhibited as paranoia, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, or delusions.

Early detection is critical as medical intervention may be available to slow the progression of the disease. Talk with your physician about diagnostic testing and treatment options.

Why Shields & Boris?

Our attorneys have experience helping clients with a dementia diagnosis or chronic illness, and the firm has the particular knowledge needed to address issues and concerns in this area. In 2019, our firm became a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning, (N3AP), a national association for member attorneys who focus on Alzheimer’s Planning.

We can help you:

  • Plan ahead for long-term care expenses
  • Estimate the cost of care and provide asset protection from the cost of nursing home or in-home care
  • Prepare legal documents
  • Explore available resources in your community
  • Provide disease education on:
    • Stages of the disease
    • Communication needs
    • Behavior interventions
    • Avoiding caregiver stress
  • Provide care planning to help caregivers manage the disease stages

Stephanie Boris is an active member of N3AP and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, having completed a certification course provided by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She would be happy to help you navigate through the maze of concerns in this area.

attorney Stephanie Boris

Stephanie is an attorney at the Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris. She graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2000. Her undergraduate degree is from the Duquesne University School of Business Administration where she majored in accounting. She enjoys problem-solving with her clients to help them feel more secure about the future.

Stephanie is an active member of Planning & Protecting, an organization of premier estate and elder law attorneys from across the nation for attorneys to learn and share information in the areas of elder law and best practices. In 2019, Stephanie became a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning, (N3AP), a national association for member attorneys who focus on Alzheimer’s Planning. Additionally, she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners during her attendance at the 2nd annual N3AP conference.

Stephanie is married to Tom Boris, a founding partner of the Elder Law Offices of Shields & Boris, and they have two wonderful sons, Thomas and Nicholas.

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