Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week

This year’s Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, falls on 15th – 21st May. Supporters are encouraged to share as much information about dementia as possible.

Every year covers one of the many difficult issues surrounding dementia and aims to give clear facts and inform those affected by dementia

In 2016, the focus is on encouraging those who are worried about dementia to confront their concerns and address dementia directly by seeking support from both the health service and specialist charities and societies. Though dementia can be terrifying and confusing for those affected and their families, the aim of Dementia Awareness Week is to provide information about the network of help and support available in the UK.

It is estimated that 800,000 people in the UK have dementia, with up to 400,000 living with undiagnosed dementia. Dementia Awareness Week is encouraging those who believe they may have the symptoms of dementia to approach a doctor, as more help can be provided for future symptoms.

Dementia is a difficult diagnosis to cope with and will change the course of the patient’s life. However, many people with dementia can live full lives with the right support available.  

The COPE Team

After a diagnosis of dementia, legal matters may the last thing on your mind, but organising Powers of Attorney can remove a lot of future stress and strain.

Here at Garratts, we both organise Lasting Powers of Attorney and have the COPE team, who specialise in helping venerable adults, including those with dementia.

Our COPE team are trained in helping dementia patients with issues such as

  • Issues surrounding dementia care
  • Clinical negligence
  • Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS)
  • Court of Protection matters
  • Nursing homes and care costs
  • Assessments under the Care Act 2014

 

If you want to get involved, there is a raft of activities for Dementia Awareness Week and beyond in Oldham, from theatre performances to walks.  Read more here.

If you are worried about dementia and want more information, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

If you have dementia or are close to someone with dementia and need sound legal advice from a specialist team, contact The COPE Team on 0161 665 3502 or email asmith@garrattslaw.co.uk for further information.

 

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