NHS research has shown that one in 14 people over 65 are living with dementia. This increases dramatically to one in 6 for those over 80 years of age. The NHS estimate that in just four years’ time, there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK.
The Alzheimer’s Society encourages maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle to reduce the risk of dementia, measures which are supported by the BMJ after research found there is a strong link between good heart health and a lower risk of dementia in later life.
However, the number of people living with dementia is still increasing because people are living longer, so it may be prudent to plan ahead and think about who could look after your affairs if you lose the capacity to do so. One way of doing this is through Lasting Powers of Attorney, which allow you to choose someone who you trust, to act on your behalf and make financial or welfare decisions for you.