LETTER: Dementia and power of attorney

This week, Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new guidance booklet on Lasting Power of Attorney to help people living with dementia in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal tool that allows an individual to state who they would like to make decisions on their behalf, should they become unable to do so in the future. Shockingly, only two out of ten people living with dementia feel businesses and organisations understand a person’s rights around Lasting Power of Attorney, according to a poll carried out by Alzheimer’s Society. Lasting Powers of Attorneys, in many cases, provide a crucial lifeline to maintaining independence. Without access, it often leads to high levels of stress and anxiety for people with dementia and their carers, not to mention an inability to use vital services. The Accessing and Sharing Information booklet, produced with the Office of Public Guardian, is available to download at www.alzheimers.org.uk/sharinginformation

It will help people to feel confident and empowered with the right knowledge to exercise their rights. Having a Lasting Power of Attorney means your choices count, no matter what happens in the future.

For more information and advice call Alzheimer’s Society helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Chris Wyatt

Alzheimer’s Society Regional Operations Manager for the South East.