Philip Baldwin, a solicitor in our Wills & Probate department, has been asked by the Alzheimer’s Society to present a series of talks to local Alzheimer’s Society Carer’s groups, which bring together carers supporting those with Dementia.
The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing according to research by the Alzheimer’s Society. In 2013, nearly a million people were diagnosed with Dementia in the UK. Because the illness is progressive, the immediate family and friends often suffer a great deal of stress and anxiety trying to support a loved one with the disease.
Philip provides practical and legal advice on issues such as:
- Mental capacity
- Care home fee planning
- Inheritance Tax planning
- Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Lisa Goodman, Dementia Support Worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, said of Philip’s recent talk, “I wanted to say thank you to Philip for the talk he did for our carers group, which provided a lot of really useful advice and was well received by everyone who attended.”
Philip said, “It is really important that there are Dementia support groups around to provide carers with much needed practical and emotional support. People often assume that a diagnosis of Dementia means that a person is prevented from making a Will or managing their own affairs. That is not always the case. Because Dementia is progressive, the concerns of those looking after loved ones with Dementia often become greater over time. Helping people understand how to get their affairs in order hopefully means that there is one less thing for them to worry about.”
Dementia Friends Solicitors
Philip is part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme which is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.