The Office of National Statistics has released the monthly rates of death for England and Wales for December 2022.
The figure of 49,339 is slightly above the monthly average in 2022, but the reason for this article is to remind everyone that the leading cause of death in England and Wales, including for August 2022, was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
As I mentioned in a previous article, 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.
Since becoming a Dementia Friend, I have seen many stories of those who did not expect to suffer from dementia. It is not something anyone really plans for, at any age.
But because so many people do not expect to suffer from dementia or think about the impact of dementia, the documentation in place to protect that person are not in place.
I currently have a good friend who is struggling with this now, with the looming likelihood of having to make a Deputyship application to the Court of Protection to be able to make decisions for their loved one.
I rant about it a lot – but it is so important to ensure that you have your Lasting Powers of Attorney in place to ensure that both of you are protected should the worse occur.
Sadly, we do not have a crystal ball and know when it will be too late.
Please make sure that you have your affairs in order, no matter what age, health status etc., as unfortunately, we do not know when we will need those documents.
Once the documents are in place, you and your family can put that aside and only think about it when you review the documents as ad when you need to.
At least you and your family are protected.
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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.