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  • Writer's pictureEmma Aslett

Wills & Probate | I Am A Dementia Friend

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Not too long ago I decided I wanted to officially become a Dementia Friend.

I am very happy to share have now joined Dementia Friend who are part of the Alzheimer's Society's mission to change the way we think, act and talk about dementia.I am very happy to share have now joined Dementia Friend who 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. We also need to think about the impact dementia has on the loved ones of those with dementia. I began reading stories and poems on the Dementia Friend website, two of which were called "Are You My Memory?" and "I Don't Know You, But I Love You", which really show how much dementia has affected these families' lives. As many of us are aware, the symptoms of dementia include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving and language. Whilst there are people and their families who are going through these times, it 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. If you do not know the pain and difficulty Katie Garraway went through during Covid, you should definitely have a read. Her husband sadly fell into a coma. That story showed that even being married does not stop the problems that occur should you not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. Let's not take this post as a negative, but let's look at what we can do to support families to ensure that they do not end up in these situations. It is so important for those that have dementia to make sure that their affairs are in order, as there can be a fine line as to when the documents can be prepared and signed. 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. If anyone else here is a Dementia Friend, or is looking to become a Dementia Friend, feel free to get in contact. Every action we take, big or small, adds up to the great wave of change we are making for people affected by dementia. Make sure you, and your loved ones, are protected.

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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