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Office of the Public Guardian news – Alzheimer’s “time bomb”

12th March 2012

Furthermore, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, this represents a “ticking time bomb” for the nation.

“It’s shocking that well over half of people that are living with dementia still don’t have a diagnosis… and so aren’t receiving the support, benefits and the medical treatments that are often available,” commented a spokesperson with the organisation.

The situation could be made much worse if people don’t take the initiative and register Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) with the Office of Public Guardian.

An LPA is a type of legal document which enables an appointed person to act as an “attorney” to act on behalf of another in the event they lose mental capacity. It must be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian and the LPA must act in the interests of the person on whose behalf they are acting.

Instructing a wills solicitor to assist can be a useful way of ensuring an effective LPA.

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