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West Norfolk families facing dealing with dementia urged to quickly tackle practical issues

Lynn and West Norfolk families facing the pain of dealing with dementia are being urged to sort out their affairs before it gets too late, as World Alzheimer’s Day approaches.

It is estimated that more than 1,800 people (1.85 per cent of the population) are already living with dementia in North West Norfolk parliamentary constituency – but evidence suggests that less than half of people with the syndrome have a formal diagnosis.

Alison McClure, a partner at Enable Law, which provides services to support people with reduced mental capacity, said: “I lived through dementia with my mum and know only too well how difficult and painful it can be.

Alison McClure, of Enable Law (42248473)
Alison McClure, of Enable Law (42248473)

“Tackling practical issues like putting in place Powers of Attorney and organising financial affairs is the last thing people often want to think about when they have this awful disease.

"However, getting things in order can be empowering to people at the early stages of dementia and helps loved ones.”

Alison is one of three partners and a 22-member team of staff who recently joined Enable Law’s medical negligence, personal injury and mental capacity team. The move followed Enable Law’s acquisition of Blake Morgan’s Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Costs teams. Enable Law's clinical negligence team has long been top ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory rankings, and the new additions to its team bring further expertise in both law and medicine.

Families who might be facing dementia are being urged to take action to get their affairs in order (42247873)
Families who might be facing dementia are being urged to take action to get their affairs in order (42247873)

Enable Law is happy to speak with anyone who is facing dementia and may need support with legal affairs. It offers an initial half an hour consultation free of charge.

World Alzheimer’s Day is on Monday, September 21 and has the aim this year of reducing the stigma provoked by thoughtlessness and cruelty such as stares and unpleasant jokes.

There are currently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.

World Alzheimer's Day is on September 21 (42248408)
World Alzheimer's Day is on September 21 (42248408)

It’s thought that 209,600 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia.

Families can contact Enable Law via freephone 0800 044 8488 or contact@enablelaw.com

For more information visit www.enablelaw.com

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