Posted on 18.12.14 by Tasoula Addison
With one in three people over the age of 65 developing dementia, it is easy to see why dementia has become such a big issue in recent times.
However, a common misconception is that dementia only affects the elderly. This is simply not the case. In fact, dementia can affect people of all ages, even children. There are more than 40,000 people in the UK that are aged under 65, and yet are living with dementia.
One of the problems faced by younger people with dementia is the lack of awareness that dementia does not just affect the elderly. As a result of this, younger people who develop dementia are often misdiagnosed with depression or stress, and specialist services for younger people are few and far between. Without a proper diagnosis, correct treatment is unavailable, and there can be age-related barriers for younger people who wish to access general dementia services.
Younger people who develop dementia are also more likely to work, have dependants to care for, and financial commitments such as a mortgage to pay for. Added to this is the fact that so few of us get our affairs in order at a young age, seeing Wills and Powers of Attorney as documents that are only relevant to the elderly, not something that we should all be putting in place. As a result, a younger person who develops dementia can leave not only themselves, but also their families, in dire need.
The increasing prevalence of dementia amongst younger people is yet another reminder that life can be unpredictable. Whilst the emotional impact of developing dementia can be devastating, the financial impact on ourselves and our loved ones does not need to be. By planning for the unexpected, and putting Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills in place, we can protect both ourselves and our families.
For more information about Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills & Trusts, please contact our Wills Trusts and Probate Team on 0161 930 5151