We are officially an aging population!

According to the World Health Organisation between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 will nearly double from 12% to 22%. By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.

In addition to this the Alzheimer’s Society states that there are 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, this translates to 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 suffering from the disease.

There are also over 40,000 people in the UK under 65 with dementia.

With numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051, it is essential to start planning and having conversations with family members early.

Encouraging parents or loved ones to set out clearly what they would like to happen in the event they lose capacity and making the necessary arrangements can save time, costs and a lot of worry further down the line.

With an ever-aging population the risks that a parent or loved one will eventually lose mental capacity are increased. In such circumstances, someone else – usually a family member will need to make decisions on their behalf.

A lasting power of attorney is a way of giving someone legal authority to make decisions on behalf of another person if they lack mental capacity at some time in the future, or no longer wish to make decisions for themselves. A person must have mental capacity to set up an LPA.

I can help you with what might feel like a daunting process. If you would like to book a consultation please email me on susan.barnes@aps-associate.co.uk or call 07543 033953