At Palmers Solicitors, we understand the importance of preparing for the future and safeguarding the interests of our loved ones. This week is Dementia Action Week, a time dedicated to increasing understanding of dementia and supporting those affected by the condition.
Dementia is not a specific disease but rather a term that covers a range of medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, which cause a progressive decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. It can affect people’s abilities in their daily lives, interfere with their usual activities, and lead to changes in their personality and behaviour.
Common symptoms of dementia may include:
– Memory loss, particularly recent memories.
– Difficulty concentrating, planning, or organising.
– Confusion about time and place.
– Struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word.
– Changes in mood, behaviour, or personality.
It’s important to note that these symptoms can also be a part of normal ageing or other conditions, so if you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
With dementia in mind, it’s crucial to consider creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) for Property and Finances and Health and Welfare. LPAs are legal documents that let you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf. This provides you with more control over what happens if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make decisions at the time (you ‘lack mental capacity’).
There are 2 types of LPA: health and welfare, and property and financial affairs. You can choose to make one type or both. At Palmers Solicitors, our experienced team can guide you through the process, ensuring your best interests are protected.
Resources and Support
For further information and support, we encourage you to reach out to the following organisations:
– [Alzheimer’s Society](https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/): Offers information, support, and research for those affected by dementia.
– [Dementia UK](https://www.dementiauk.org/): Provides specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service.
– [Age UK](https://www.ageuk.org.uk/): Offers a range of services for older people, including advice and support for those affected by dementia.
Remember, dementia affects everyone differently, but with understanding, preparation, and the right support, it can be managed effectively.
If you need legal advice or assistance regarding LPAs or any other aspects of planning for the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Palmers Solicitors.