• Emma Aslett

Dementia on the rise – protect yourself and your loved ones

I recently shared that I became a Dementia Friend.


As explained in my previous post, Dementia Friend are part of the Alzheimer's Society's mission to change the way we think, act and talk about dementia.

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's, but this is not the only one. The different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways and of course, people will experience dementia differently.


Sadly, a study has been published forecasting the prevalence of dementia, which is currently the 7th leading cause of death worldwide, claims that within 30 years, the number of people living with this illness could triple.


The Global Burden of Disease Study conducted an analysis that found that a number of risk factors (in relation to 195 countries) require urgent steps to prevent the predicted rise.


We already need to think about the impact dementia (and any other illness) has on our loved ones.


This is a reminder to ensure that you have your Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to ensure that you are protected if something, such as dementia, happens to you. By having these sorts of documents in place, you are also protecting your family from further heartache, as not having these documents in place can make matters so much worse and much more difficult.


My previous post mentioned the emotional roller-coaster Kate Garraway has been on during Covid, during the time in which her husband fell into a coma and she was financially stuck and unable to move any matrimonial funds (including pay for utility bills) as there was no Lasting Power of Attorney in place.


It is so important to have your affairs in order, no matter your age, health, etc., as unfortunately, we never know when a particular event can occur when they will be needed.


Once the documents are in order, the person and their family can focus on enjoying their lives together without the worry and stress of the things that can go wrong without having the documents in place.


Make sure you, and your loved ones, are protected.





Emma Aslett

Penn Chambers Solicitors

0207 183 4595


The information provided in this article is not intended to constitute professional advice and you should take full and comprehensive legal, accountancy or financial advice as appropriate on your individual circumstances by a fully qualified Solicitor, Accountant or Financial Advisor/Mortgage Broker before you embark on any course of action.

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