The 'D' word - and planning for the future
Receiving the diagnosis of dementia, the umbrella term that we use to describe the symptoms that occur when our brain is affected by certain diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia, can be devastating for the people affected by it and their loved ones.
Whilst dementia is progressive and results in a decline in our ability to think, communicate and process information, it is reassuring to know that diagnosis rates have over the past five years increased by twenty four percent. With more and more people being diagnosed earlier we now have more time to plan for our future, allowing us to be involved in and express our wishes about future decisions about our property and financial matters as well as our health and welfare.
The Alzheimer’s Society has worked hard to increase our awareness of dementia and reduce the stigma attached to it that may hinder people affected by it from seeking help. Their government backed Dementia Friends initiative aims to change perceptions about dementia and to transform the way that we act, think and talk about dementia.
At Rowberry Morris we encourage people to plan for their future and to take positive steps including the making of Lasting Powers of Attorney relating to both property and financial affairs as well as health and welfare, making Advance Directives relating to future medical treatment or care and reviewing or making their Will.
So whilst there is currently still no cure, it is reassuring to know that we can plan for the future. At Rowberry Morris, our dedicated Private Client Team, many of whom are Dementia Friends and members of a national group of lawyers specialising in advising the elderly, their carers and families called Solicitors of the Elderly, understand that getting the right help as early as possible to plan for the future can make a huge difference to you and your family.