Many of us will know people affected by dementia and the number is ever growing. This is highlighted by the recent news of Dame Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s earlier this month. It is estimated that 850,000 are affected directly by the illness and these are not just the elderly. Over the next 30 years or so that number is set to increase to around 2 million.
For a week starting on 21st May the Alzheimer’s Society launch Dementia Action Week to encourage the public to take action to improve the lives of those affected with dementia and work towards a dementia friendly culture within the UK so that those suffering with the illness or caring for such people are included.
During the week, people are being challenged to explore ways, both small and big, to help make everyday life better for those with dementia.
At Silks we value every person and many of our staff are Dementia Friends, so we know what to look out for in those suffering with dementia and how to help create an inclusive environment to encourage those who are able, to ensure that they put their affairs in order both now and for the future as their health may deteriorate and for when they die.
We can carry out capacity assessments and, where we have any doubts as to the understanding and ability of any person to sign legal documents we have links with qualified assessors who can often turn around an assessment within a couple of weeks of being instructed at a fair and reasonable price.
If you or a loved one has had a diagnosis of dementia or have any concerns about falling capacity, please do book an appointment to see one of our friendly team before it’s too late to make sure your affairs are put in order. At Silks we will ensure you have all the time and explanations you need to make the right decisions for you and those you care about.
Don’t delay, book an appointment today.
A recent article in The Times, ‘Before the golden years begin to tarnish, set up a Lasting Power of Attorney’, highlighted this exact message. Have a read of it here.