Dementia awareness week 15 to 21 May 2017

15 -21 May is Dementia Awareness Week and Ipswich Citizens Advice is reminding people that financial planning can be a crucial factor in helping people living with the disease.

Nicky Willshere, Chief Officer at Ipswich Citizens Advice said:

“When someone receives a diagnosis it is understandable that they will take some time to process what it means to them and their family. However, by taking positive action and controlling what choices can be made on your behalf, when and by whom, it can take a lot of worry out of the future.“

“Organising your affairs is prudent at any time but should you or a loved one face a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s one of the most important things you can do to ensure your wishes are carried out is to thoroughly review and update your financial and legal affairs.“

Nicky adds,

“This could be as simple as updating contact information and details on existing legal papers such as leases, insurance policies, agreements, other contracts or just writing a will. However, in more complex cases it may be that you want to consult a solicitor to appoint guardians or enact an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).“

Ipswich Citizens Advice is taking this week as an opportunity to remind people to talk to family members, older and younger, ensuring others know your wishes and financially planning to ensure they are carried out.”

Nicky concludes

”We urge people facing these life changing circumstances to consult our website to review what benefits entitlements they might have and to find out how to protect loved ones from being scammed. We also offer a Money Advice Drop-In on Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm at our offices in Tower Street. People are welcome to come along and we can help them plan for the future.”