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Many months ago ITV's Emmerdale embarked upon a difficult and hard-hitting storyline through its portrayal of the much-loved character, Ashley's, diagnosis and subsequent battle with dementia. This week, the storyline reaches its climax with Ashley sadly succumbing to the disease. The storyline has received critical acclaim for its raw and honest portrayal of the impact of dementia on both the individual and their family.

Sadly, the fictional storyline is a reality for many hundreds and thousands of people across the United Kingdom. The Alzheimer's Society estimate that over 850,000 people in the U.K. suffer from dementia with it predicted to rise to over two million by 2051. Whilst statistics show your likelihood of getting the disease increases with age, dementia can affect people at any age, as seen through Ashley's story.

Ashley's story arguably serves as a reminder of how vital it is that we plan for the future and put safety measures in place whilst we have capacity to do so. It is important to note that if you or a family member have recently been diagnosed with dementia this does not mean that you do not have capacity to put such safeguards in place.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf should you be unwilling or mentally incapable to do so. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, Property and Finance which covers things such as managing bank accounts, bills and the property and Health and Welfare which covers where you will live and any medical treatment you receive. This also allows you to make provisions for decisions about any life sustaining treatment.

At Ramsdens, we see first-hand how truly valuable powers of Attorney can be to families. They allow families to maintain control and some semblance of normality during such a difficult time in their lives. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order may be required. This can be a very lengthy and expensive process which may result in someone you would not wish being in charge of your affairs.

We will be happy to discuss the benefits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney with you; call us on 01484 821 500, text LAW to 67777 or email willsandprobate@ramsdens.co.uk.