Dealing with Dementia
Dementia is comprehensive term used to describe the impact of degrading and dying brain cells. The degeneration of brain cells leads to a similar downward trajectory of a person’s mental ability, personality and behavior.
The condition has wide-ranging symptoms which adversely affect a person’s memory, as well as physical skills essential to everyday activities. Dementia is most common amongst people over 65 years old, though it can present in a person at any point in their life.
Two predominant causes of dementia are two distinct disabilities themselves – Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Dementia from Alzheimer’s attacks a person’s mental capacity, slowly rendering the person unable to perform daily, routine activities. Dementia as a result of Parkinson’s targets a person’s overall mental ability to process information, causing loss of emotional control and visual hallucinations.
Considering the degenerative effects on a person’s mind and ability to process information, early diagnosis and treatment of dementia is essential. Various tests are readily available to diagnose dementia such as physical and mental examinations, laboratory tests, and brain scans. Having said that, there are no permanent cures for the condition.
Dementia at its worst can deteriorate a person’s mind. But that doesn’t mean their quality of life has to fade in the same way.
How does the Disability Tax Credit work?
Due to the dire nature of Dementia, the disease may qualify for disability tax benefits from the Canadian government.
Many differently-abled Canadians, who are eligible for Disability Tax Credits or savings plans through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), don’t bother claiming the disability credits they’re entitled to. They may be unaware their condition qualifies for aid, or they simply find the Disability Tax Credit application process time-consuming and tedious.
How Can the NBA Help Me?
The National Benefit Authority is Canada’s largest disability tax service provider, having assisted 40,000 Canadians in successfully claiming disability tax refunds. Our in-house team of experts can help determine your Disability Tax Credit eligibility and assist with completing the Canadian Disability Tax Credit application (Form T2201).
Dementia is a serious physical and mental disability that can wreak havoc on a person’s well-being, their standard of living, and quality of life. Let us recover your unclaimed disability tax credit, so you can focus on time with your family, and getting the appropriate assistance you need.