It has recently been reported that one in three people born in the UK this year may develop dementia in their lifetime, with Alzheimer’s Research UK claiming there is a “looming national health crisis”.
More than 800,000 people in the country are already affected by this degenerative disease, which is caused by the destruction of brain cells. This leads to impaired mental and physical difficulties in the elderly and vulnerable patient. Often the patient is unable to access funds or make health care choices in respect of their nursing care leading to devastating consequences. The family are often left in a with little choice but to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order.
The charity commissioned the Office of Health Economics predicts that:
– 32% of people born in the UK in 2015 will get dementia in their lifetime
– 27% of men would get the condition
– and 37% of women
Dr Matthew Norton, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “These figures underline a stark reality – as people are living longer, more and more people will develop dementia in the future if action is not taken now to tackle the condition.
“Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and if we are to beat it, we must invest in research to find new treatments and preventions.”
We fully support steps to eradicate this terrible disease but it is also prudent for us all to plan ahead and provide family and friends with the peace of mind of knowing that they will be able to assist their loved one should they become afflicted by dementia or any other debilitating mental or physical disease. We advise and support individuals and families in estate planning , preparing Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney or Deputyships in a sensitive, discrete and professional manner.
Our goal is to ensure that our clients preserve their hard earned family wealth against unnecessary care costs and taxes by sensible estate planning.
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