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There are an estimated 950,000 people living with dementia in the UK

Dementia and how it affects the sufferer and their family

……….. and the number is predicted to rise to more than 1.1million by 2030*

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a disease, but a general term used to describe many symptoms which relate to a person’s mental ability, if severe enough it can interfere with daily life and it can include any of these symptoms – 

What are the symptoms?

Memory loss – struggling to retain recently learnt information

Struggling with communication – finding the right words or speaking coherently

Impaired judgement and or reasoning – struggling to make decisions, solve problems or plan for future events

Behaviour and personality changes – mood swings, changes in behaviour and personality

Decline in visual perception – problems with spatial awareness and interpretation of visual information

For most sufferers’ dementia is a progressive condition and over time can affect the person’s ability to perform routine everyday actions and engage in social interactions and as the condition advances the person may require more and more support and care.

How does dementia affect the sufferer?

Dementia not only affects the sufferer but their family too – as husbands, wives and children increasingly become caregivers, they are relied upon more and more by the person who is struggling to maintain independence and feel in control of their own life.

How to make plans to protect yourself and your family

We all know that we should have an up-to-date Will and life insurance, so our families have a record of our wishes and have one less thing to deal with after we die, but if you are suffering with dementia, your family may need to make decisions on your behalf as your condition worsens. To ensure this is possible you could set up a Lasting Power of Attorney so your family can help and support you with your finances and big decisions. Should your condition be advanced, a Deputyship would need to be applied for to enable a nominated person to make decisions for you.

You will need advice on the significance and implications of these documents as well as assistance in setting them up and the Hall Reynolds team are very experienced in helping families set up either an LPA or Deputyship and assisting at what can be a very stressful time for you and your family.  

Talk to our team about how we can help you, call or email us to make an appointment – email@hallreynolds.co.uk or call us on 01789 772955

Who are Hall Reynolds? 

The team at Hall Reynolds are experienced and committed to providing first-class legal services. Our clients come back to us time and time again because of the pragmatic advice and the service they know they will receive which is delivered in a friendly and approachable manner. 

We offer a traditional face-to-face service, a contemporary work ethos and modern operating systems which enable the swift progression of your transaction. 

Value for money, speed and efficiency are at the heart of everything we do. Where possible, we minimise the legal jargon. We promise to keep you updated as to the progress of the transaction and we are transparent when it comes to fees. 

*Dementia UK