Dementia Action Week 17th – 23rd May 2021

Dementia Action Week is a national event led by the Alzheimer’s Society, its aim to encourage members of the public to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

This year, Alzheimer’s Society focuses on the impact that the failings of the current social care system have on those living with dementia, and the families and friends who are supporting them.  They have created a petition, calling on the Government to #CureTheCareSystem and provide quality social care, that’s free and easy to access.  You can sign the Alzheimer’s Society petition here:  #CureTheCareSystem | Alzheimers Society

Other Actions you can take during Dementia Action Week

As well as signing the petition, there are other actions that you can take during Dementia Action Week, such as : -

  • Attending a Dementia Friends Information Session to help you understand more about dementia.  There will be several held online during Dementia Action Week – our very own Amanda Attrell hosted a Dementia Friends Information Session on Wednesday 19th May designed to provide insight into what it is like to live with Dementia and turn that understanding into action.
  • Pledge to keep in touch with someone you know who is living with or caring for someone with dementia.
  • Promote the support and information available to those affected by dementia, such as the Alzheimer’s Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.

Planning for the future if you have dementia.

If you or someone you know receives a dementia diagnosis, or you have concerns that someone may be affected by dementia, it is important to think about planning for the future as soon as possible.  Planning for the future can help some people feel more in control of the situation, or at the very least it will be one less thing to worry about as the dementia progresses. 

Planning for the future might include: -

  • Making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Finances.
  • Making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare, Advance Directives (Living Wills) and/or advance care plan.
  • Ensuring that your Will is up to date and finding out if there are any steps that could reduce your Inheritance Tax liability, or legal steps/advice that could preserve assets from future care fees.
  • If it is too late for the individual to make or update these documents, get advice on how to make an application to the Court of Protection for authority to deal with these matters on their behalf.
  • Get advice about arranging and paying for care, claiming financial help and support.
  • Getting practical advice on adaptions that could be made to a person’s home or daily routine to help them to live independently for as long as possible.

If you or a loved requires legal assistance with making a Lasting Power of Attorney, making or updating a Will please call 0800 999 4437 or email to arrange a complimentary, no-obligations, initial consultation with one of our legal experts.

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