Yesterday was the start of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week. It is a slightly different Dementia Awareness Week this year as due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual fundraising activities will no longer be possible. However, it is perhaps more important than ever that those affected by dementia – including carers and family – feel the support of their communities and have access to important information and assistance.

When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia it can be life changing. There are so many different emotions involved and new challenges to deal with. It can be overwhelming at times. From personal experience I know how hard it is to watch a parent lose their memory – and – ultimately not recognise who you are.

This week we will share our insight into some of the key legal considerations for those affected directly or indirectly by dementia. We are also pleased to have guest blogs from Alzheimer Scotland and Sandra McDonald, former Public Guardian in Scotland.

Key legal considerations

From a legal point of view it is vitally important that the right documents are in place. It is crucial that individuals review their will and power of attorney whilst they still have capacity to do so. This will ensure peace of mind for the individual concerned and provide clarity and guidance for the family of the individual.

Current situation

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced challenges in terms of signing documentation. However, the key message is that is possible to arrange for a will and power of attorney to be signed. This is most often done by video call. However, in each situation a member of our team will discuss with you the most appropriate manner in order to get your documents signed.

If you take away one thing…

None of us have a crystal ball to predict the future – but what we can do is in put in place the legal documents which will allow our wishes to be followed, and ensure that our family members do not need to deal with additional worry and stress in an already extremely challenging situation. Early planning is really important.