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Getting a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia. The number of people is increasing because people are living longer.

The Alzheimer’s society has been working hard to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Many of you may have seen the ‘become a friend’ campaign which aims to raise awareness through the Dementia Friend campaign.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society the UK currently have 1,464,386 dementia friends who learn a little more about dementia and then aim to turn that understanding into action.

We believe that it is vital that we have a better understanding so that we can fully understand and support you and your family when faced with such issues. As such, members of the Wills and Estate Planning team are undertaking their training as Dementia Champions.

I have successfully completed my training and can now offer my services to encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia.

I am one of over 10,500 volunteers who come together to create dementia friendly communities by giving people a better understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do; from helping someone find their bus to spreading the word about dementia.

I am passionate about raising awareness and being able to offer support while recognising the need to maintain the dignity and identity of those living with dementia by understanding and explaining some key messages;

  • Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
  • It’s caused by diseases of the brain
  • It’s not just about losing your memory
  • It’s possible to live well with dementia
  • There’s more to a person than the dementia

I have also pledged to support people with respect and treat each person as an individual by becoming a Dignity Champion. As a Wills and Estate Planning solicitor I am involved in working with the care organisations, I believe I have a duty to be part of the nationwide movement, to ensure people have a good experience of care when they need it.

If you would like more information on this, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website, or contact a member of the Wills & Estate Planning team.