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September marks the eighth World Alzheimer’s month; the international campaign designed to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The campaign was first launched in 2012 and World Alzheimer’s day falls on 21st September every year.

In 2018, Dementia was given as the leading cause of death in the UK, listed on 12.8% of all Death Certificates. By 2025, the Alzheimer’s Society has projected that more than one million people in the UK will be diagnosed with Dementia. Two out of three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of Dementia in their countries. World Alzheimer’s month is designed to combat the stigmatisation and misinformation surrounding Dementia.

Here at Ramsdens, we are involved in various regional Dementia Action Alliances and our Private Client fee earners are all Dementia Friends, with our Veronica Mullins and Michael Robinson both being Dementia Friends Champions.

As Dementia Friends, we are familiar with Dementia and look to raise awareness and understanding so that people living with Dementia can continue to live in the way they want. Be it visiting someone who is living with Dementia, or being that bit more patient with someone affected; every action great or small makes a difference.

As Champions, we actively encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with Dementia; giving talks and information sessions both internally within Ramsdens as well as to businesses and partners within the financial sector, proactively creating Dementia Friendly communities together.

With the rise of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, it is becoming increasingly vital to put in place Lasting Powers of Attorneys. Making such provisions will ensure that should you no longer be capable of making decisions for yourself, your chosen Attorneys will have the legal authority to look after your financial affairs and also make decisions about your health and welfare.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact our expert Private Client Team on 0800 988 3650, email willsandprobate@ramsdens.co.uk or text LAW to 67777