Many people, these days, will have some experience of dementia, whether that is via a family member or friend, or even themselves. It is a devastating disease which, unfortunately, is on the increase. There are a number of reasons for this, but longer life spans certainly increase the risk of it happening at some stage.
Charities such as BRACE and the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) work tirelessly to make people aware of the disease and its consequences. In Honiton, BRACE and the Honiton DAA (HDAA) have joined forces in a joint venture to hold a one-day conference called “Dementia Matters”. BRACE and HDAA have brought together experts from Everys Solicitors, Admiral Nursing, Dementia Research at Exeter University, and from BRACE and HDAA themselves. Everys will be represented by Emma Gray, Associate Solicitor, who will be discussing Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Joan Pullin, Solicitor, who will discuss how to protect assets through the use of wills and trusts.
“Almost on a daily basis we read something new about dementia; whether that is trying to ward it off through brain training, healthy eating and quality sleep, or exciting developments from new research,” said Emma Gray. “These are all positive things but, sadly, there’s no guarantee we won’t be affected by it, and many people are touched by dementia. Sharing knowledge about what to do if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the condition is what this conference is about because, for all of us, dementia really does matter.”
Joan Pullin said: “Everys is very excited about sponsoring this conference. Receiving a dementia diagnosis can cause all sorts of anguish and anxiety for an individual and their family, and that’s why it’s vitally important they receive the help and information they need to ensure that they are protected financially. I’m looking forward to meeting people at the conference and answering any questions they may have.”
The conference will be held on Friday, 3rd May from 10am until 3pm at The Beehive Community Centre in Honiton. Tickets cost £10, although those with a dementia diagnosis and carers will have free entry to the event. Any profit from the sale of tickets will be split equally between BRACE and HDAA. A buffet lunch will be provided and there will be the chance to ask questions and meet others interested in, or affected by, dementia.
To book your place visit – www.alzheimers-brace.org/Event/hontion-dementia-conference