Dementia Action Week 2021 is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
Who suffers from dementia?
In 2018, there were 850,000 people with dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society, 2019).
There has been a 56% increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/2016. Indeed, one in three people born in the UK this year will develop dementia.
It is, therefore, no exaggeration to conclude that dementia is something that may affect all of us in the future.
This may be because we are diagnosed with dementia ourselves. Or it may be because we are affected by a family member or friend being diagnosed with dementia.
What are the Alzheimer’s Society doing?
Dementia is not curable. But improvements can be made to the way we, as a society, support those living with the condition, and their families.
In Dementia Action Week 2021, the Alzheimer’s Society are calling on the Government to cure the care system.
Right now, the broken social care system means that in the UK, nearly a million people with dementia and their families are struggling to get the support and care that they need and deserve.
Decades of underfunding and neglect have led to a care system that is difficult to access, costly, inadequate and deeply unfair. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed these problems like never before.
Here at Legacy Law, Catherine Whitaker is a trained Dementia Friend. A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so that they can help their community.
The Dementia Friend initiative is run by the Alzheimer’s Society. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend. If you are interested in completing the training, please visit the Dementia Friend website.
Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way that they want.
How can we help?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, we would be happy to help you put in place the appropriate legal documentation that can provide peace of mind and protection for the future. This could mean creating lasting powers of attorney (LPAs), updating your Will or considering your inheritance tax position.