Dementia sufferers set to triple
This week sees the G8 Dementia Summit take place in London. Politicians, medical researchers, drug companies and charities will discuss what can be done to tackle a medical condition that is predicted to affect 135 million people worldwide by 2050. This would be a threefold increase against the number of people currently living with the disease.
Dementia is one of many diseases and illnesses that affects a person’s ability to make decisions and cope with day-to-day life. Those caring for people with such a condition have their lives affected as well, as they seek to provide practical and emotional support and care themselves or with the help of other agencies.
When dealing with such situations, sorting out someone else’s personal finances can be a challenge and an unwelcome distraction. Lasting powers of attorney can be prepared by anyone over the age of 18 while they have mental capacity to do so…
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