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Lasting Powers of Attorney becoming more important than ever

New research suggests that the number of people suffering from dementia could double over the next 20 years.

The research was sponsored by Alzheimer’s Disease International and predicts that by next year there will be 35 million people worldwide suffering from dementia. That figure is expected to rise to 65 million by 2030 and to 115 million by 2050.

The increase is largely down to the fact that people are living longer than ever before.

The worrying figures mean that it is now more important than ever that we should take steps to protect our interests in case we suffer from dementia or lose our mental capacity in the future.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) enable you to nominate someone such as a family member or friend to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the ability to do so yourself.

The property and finance LPA allows you to appoint someone to look after your financial affairs and the personal welfare LPA lets you grant an attorney authority over such matters as health care and the kind of treatment you receive.

LPAs should be drawn up with the help of a solicitor to ensure that they accurately express your wishes and protect your interests.

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