Following a presentation to the Alzheimer’s Society last year, I was recently invited to speak at a dinner event organised by Alzheimer's Support in Westbury.
Alzheimer's Support is an independent charity which works closely with the Alzheimer’s Society in the Wiltshire area with the aim of providing support and services to people living at home with mild to moderate dementia, helping them to maintain as much independence and control over their lives as possible.
One of the Alzheimer's Support initiatives is a monthly supper combined with guest speakers and / or entertainment for those affected by dementia. The monthly evenings are attended by a combination of those living with dementia and their carer's & loved ones and take place in a beautifully restored barn on a farm on the outskirts of Westbury. The evening provides those affected by dementia with an opportunity to share information and feel part of a support network whilst enjoying an evening out of the house. I spoke about a wide range of matters of relevance to those affected by dementia, including the role of the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian. There were lots of anecdotes from the audience giving details of their own experiences.
There is still a real need for readily accessible information about the legal implications of a person gradually losing mental capacity. The work of charities such as Alzheimer’s Support is absolutely vital in bridging this ‘information gap’ and I was delighted to be invited to speak at one of their events.
Next up – a presentation on Personal Injury Trusts at the NAIDEX Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham in April, blog post to follow!