Plan early for the future
This week is Dementia Awareness Week, a national campaign supported by the Alzheimer's Society.
This week is Dementia Awareness Week, a national campaign supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. We will be championing it this week with a series of posts explaining how we can help with making a will, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and care home fee planning.
What is dementia?
Dementia covers a range of disorders and is a progressive, degenerative brain syndrome that affects memory, thinking, behaviour, emotion and ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia in the UK.
Dementia affects us no matter our social, economic or ethnic background. Recent research has provided some thought-provoking statistics:
- Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia.
- Dementia currently affects 1:14 people over the age of 65 and 1:20 under the age of 65.
- 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK. By 2051 this figure is estimated to rise to over two million.
Dementia Awareness Week
The recurring theme for Dementia Awareness Week is ‘Remember the Person’. People are encouraged to remember the person behind the dementia; they are not their disorder. By raising awareness, it is hoped more people will be diagnosed at an early stage as this can improve their quality of life. Improving awareness decreases the discrimination and stigmatisation those affected face and promotes a dementia-friendly society.
How we can help you
It is crucial to plan early for the future by making a will and Lasting Power Attorney (LPA).
- Making a will allows a person to decide what happens to their money after their death and ensures their loved ones will be looked after.
- Making an LPA allows them to ensure decisions and action can be taken in relation to property and finances and decisions made about healthcare and medical decisions where someone has lost mental capacity.
- We can also advise on care home fee planning.
Contact our Private Client team for advice.