PowellsLaw were pleased to welcome Alan Richardson of Alzheimer’s Society to our office recently to talk to partners and staff about Dementia. Alan is a volunteer Dementia Champion, and gives up his time to enlighten businesses and other groups as to the effects of dementia, which is a disease and not a normal part of ageing.
Alan was able to discuss his own personal experiences of dealing with a loved one living with dementia. He was able to share tips and suggestions for how everyday life can be made easier for those effected by dementia, and what the symptoms of dementia may be.
Following Alan’s visit and the group discussions held during that meeting, many of the staff at PowellsLaw are now Dementia Friends, including all of the Private Client team who deal with Wills and Powers of Attorney.
One in 14 people over the age of 65, and one in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia. There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. It is possible to live well with dementia, but important to plan ahead and get your affairs in order. If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed, make sure that financial and other affairs are in good order. Ensure that you have an up to date Will. Consider setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney. This will allow someone else you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you’re no longer able. These decisions may relate to property and financial matters or your health and welfare, allowing you a say in your future medical care.
Contact one of the team at Powells Law for a free initial discussion on 01934 623 501.