Some experts suggest developing a written agreement with an older adult for surrendering possession of his or her firearms should the person develop dementia or otherwise not be able to safely have access to guns. Here's a sample agreement:
To my family:
The time may come when I can no longer make the best decisions for the safety of myself and others. Therefore, in order to help my family make necessary decisions, this statement is an expression of my wishes and directions while I am still able to make these decisions.
I have discussed with my family my desire to control possession of my firearm(s) as long as it is safe for me to do so.
When it is no longer safe for me to have access to my firearms, I desire (person’s name) to tell me. I trust my family will take the necessary steps to protect me and those around me while still protecting my dignity and rights.
This article first appeared in the November 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.