The Kent law firm Whitehead Monckton is set to host a Dementia Friends event in Maidstone this month.
The free one-hour information session is being held at the company’s office at Eclipse Park (just off junction 7 of the M20, behind Next) on 20 May from 6pm.
It’s all part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia: a condition which 850,000 people are living with in England. Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.
It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.
From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Bekka Fuszard, solicitor at Whitehead Monckton, said: “I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion over a year ago because I am passionate about dementia awareness and creating a dementia-friendly society.
“My Grandad had dementia and, working as a solicitor in the tax and estate planning department at Whitehead Monckton, I regularly meet clients who are living with dementia themselves or have loved ones who are.
“I’m proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.
After the Dementia Friends Information Session, there will be a chance to speak to some of Whitehead Monckton’s Tax and Estate Planning team.
As Dementia is a progressive illness, anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of dementia should review their legal affairs and plan for the future as soon as possible.
Bekka adds: “We do have several clients with a confirmed diagnosis of dementia whom we are currently assisting with their legal affairs.
“There seems to be an increasing awareness that legal documentation is required to give others authority to assist in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
“As awareness of dementia and other issues that may affect capacity increase, people are more willing to put documentation in place to plan for the future – this is a good thing as putting things in place can be reassuring for you and your loved ones.”