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Getting behind Dementia Action Week

by Richard Mathews



Published on 20th May 2019

This week is Dementia Action Week, which is a cause close to our hearts. Our wills and probate manager Alison Griffiths is a champion for older people and has made it her mission to help those with dementia and those who are vulnerable to get the best legal support.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Alison is chair of the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance and on Wednesday, May 22nd, the group will be holding a free information event for carers of people with dementia, at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre.

The Alliance group is seeking to develop Dementia Friendly Communities for people with dementia, their carers and families among voluntary and statutory services, businesses and the wider community.

Alison herself will be giving a talk on the importance of people taking out lasting powers of attorney. There will also be a talk about the latest research on dementia, from Dr Muthukrishnan, consultant in old age psychiatry, at Swindon Victoria Centre; and there will be information and demonstrations, all aimed at helping carers of those living with dementia.

Carers can also take along those they care for, as there will be activities for them to enjoy. For more information and to book a place, contact publichealth@swindon.gov.uk.

Supporting older people

Alison is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives, who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. She is among those who have passed SFE’s Older Client Care in Practice award (OCCP). This gives older clients assurance not only that the lawyers have the right expertise, but that they are sympathetic and understanding of older people’s particular needs.

Alison, who is a Dementia Friend, has drawn up Optimum’s Older and Vulnerable Client Care Procedure Policy and if you would like a copy please drop her an email.

If you are an older client and would like to talk to Alison about making a will, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, probate or funding care in older age, please do get in touch.

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