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Dear Carol: My mom has mild Alzheimer’s disease and really shouldn’t live alone anymore. I’ve been helping her look at assisted living facilities and we’ve narrowed our choices to two. One is nicer than the other, but more expensive. We feel Mom can pay for approximately five years at the nicest AL, but if she lives longer than that she’d have to move because of money issues. If she took the less nice one now, she could stay longer. How do people make these decisions when so much is unknown?  - Nichole

Dear Nichole: As you indicated, we can’t know what will happen in the future. We can plan, but we have to be prepared to make adjustments in our plans – sometimes major adjustments.

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