A smiling carer chats with an elderly lady

Dementia Awareness Week

Alison Lamont, a solicitor in the Court of Protection team at Clarke Willmott LLP, explains the importance of talking about and preparing for dementia.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May 2013). The Alzheimer’s Society is running the campaign to promote awareness, understanding and open communication about the different types of dementia that will affect many of us in later life.

The Alzheimer’s Society has produced a booklet called “it’s time to talk about dementia” setting out the situations where a conversation about dementia may be appropriate. These are listed as:

  • talk to someone you are worried about
  • if you are worried about symptoms you are experiencing, talk to your GP
  • talk to your friends and neighbours
  • talk to the Alzheimer’s Society. There is a national Dementia Helpline: 0300 222 1122 helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

We would add to this list “talk to a specialist solicitor”. We can talk you through the legal and financial implications of dementia, such as helping you to plan for the future, or dealing with a new or long-standing diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Society recommends using Solicitors for the Elderly lawyers and many of our solicitors at Clarke Willmott are members of this organisation. We are specialists in mental capacity law and can talk to you about the following issues in strict confidence:

  • whether a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Deputyship for Property and Affairs is appropriate;
  • if you are an attorney under and Enduring Power of Attorney and have concerns about the donor’s mental capacity, we can advise you about the requirement of registration and help you achieve this;
  • advance decisions;
  • care home fees and funding issues;
  • what to do if someone you know suffers from dementia and is unhappy in their current residence.

If you have legal and financial concerns we can help set your mind at rest and would emphasise the campaign headline: worrying changes nothing, talking changes everything.