Research by the Alzheimer’s Society has suggested that the number of people with dementia will increase by 30% in the next 10 years.
It is currently estimated that around 1,535 people in Blackburn with Darwen are living with dementia while 1,063 have had an official diagnosis. The research suggests that this number will stand at 1,990 by 2030.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an overall term which covers a wide range of medical conditions grouped together under the umbrella. The term refers to disorders caused by abnormal brain changes which trigger a decline in cognitive (thinking) abilities. They impact on a person’s daily life and can affect behaviour, memory, and relationships.
Many conditions which fall under dementia such as Alzheimer’s are progressive and there is sadly no cure at present.
The Importance of Putting a Plan in Place
Due to the impact of dementia on areas such as memory, those living with these conditions may require a great deal of support to function day to day as their symptoms progress. This is why it is important for those receiving a diagnosis of a dementia type illness to consider the future and to put a plan in place for the managing of their affairs should they require assistance in the future.
If a person is in the early stages of dementia, they may still have the necessary capacity to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney to appoint someone they trust to manage their personal affairs if their condition worsens. If a person is diagnosed with dementia when their symptoms are more serious and they already lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves, their loved ones may wish to take the decision to make an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a financial deputy.
How Farleys Solicitors Can Help
While no one wants to think there may be a time where they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs as a result of a medical condition, it is important to consider the practicalities if this did happen.
To discuss the possibility of preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney or to discuss a Court of Protection application on behalf of a loved one, please get in touch with Farleys’ private client team. We can advise on the steps that need to be taken and guide you through what can sometimes seem like a daunting process.
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