A smiling carer chats with an elderly lady

Brains and Dementia in Bristol

On 30 June I attended the head office of BRACE in Bristol to train the charity staff on legal issues that they might encounter.

The first part of the day was a brief introduction to the impact that dementia will have on someone’s care. We discussed choosing and paying for appropriate care homes, setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney and what attorneys can do for someone who has dementia. The second session looked at how estate administration works in practice and gave some top tips about how any legacies can be maximised. We had a really interesting and interactive question and answer session and I hope the staff will find the information beneficial.

I also had an opportunity to visit the South West Dementia Brain Bank which was an absolutely fascinating experience. Dr Candida Tasman very kindly showed me the range of deterioration in the brain that can result from dementia – from vascular to Alzheimer’s. It brought into focus the very real issues triggered by this illness and the devastating impact it has on individuals and their loved ones.

Without the research undertaken by the Brain Bank, we would not know which treatments are the most effective in the management of the many types of dementia; work which could not be undertaken without BRACE and their fundraising efforts. I hope that by talking to the team they will be able to maximise the money they receive through legacies and that this can then be used to continue the funding of research into beating Alzheimer’s and dementia.

For further information please contact Anthony Fairweather.

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