Lawyer champions initiative to support people with dementia

3rd September 2013

As Alzheimer’s Associations across the globe prepare to mark the second World Alzheimer’s Month in September, a Kent lawyer dedicated to helping the elderly and vulnerable has become a Dementia Friends Champion – part of the country’s biggest ever initiative to change the way people think about dementia.

Nicola August  (formerly Rostron), a Partner at leading south east law firm Furley Page, joins a growing network of volunteer Champions who are supporting the Dementia Friends scheme, which aims to make a positive difference to people living with the condition by creating ‘dementia-friendly communities’ nationwide.

The scheme, led by the Alzheimer’s Society, has been jointly funded by the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office as part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Challenge on Dementia, a national programme to boost research and address quality of care for people with dementia.

Through the work of Dementia Friends Champions, the initiative hopes to recruit more than a million Dementia Friends by 2015, helping them to understand what it’s like to have dementia and showing them what they can do to improve the lives of those affected by the condition.

As head of Furley Page’s specialised Elderly Client Team, Nicola has years of experience in dealing with delicate legal matters surrounding elderly or vulnerable clients who may be living with dementia, or are becoming confused and struggling to look after their affairs.

Nicola says: “I know how frightening and difficult it can be living with dementia, or supporting a loved one who has the condition.

“There are currently more than 800,000 people with dementia living in the UK. By the end of the decade, that figure is expected to reach over a million. With one in three people over the age of 65 developing some form of dementia, it will touch all of us either directly or indirectly at some point in our lives.

“Society tends to have a negative response to dementia but living with the condition does not mean that a person’s life is over. By encouraging our communities to be more accepting and understanding, individuals can feel supported and included and continue to enjoy fulfilling lives.”

Nicola will be working in partnership with fellow Dementia Friends Champion Ruth Dolan, a Chartered Financial Planner with Kent-based financial planning experts Tarvos Wealth, to promote awareness and provide information to those wishing to become Dementia Friends.

Nicola and Ruth, who is also a member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers), will be offering free, regular information sessions to help potential Dementia Friends develop a better understanding of the condition and find out what they can do to help people living with it.

“The information sessions, which last up to an hour, are informative, interactive and fun and a good way to learn more about dementia and its effects,” says Nicola.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to support this fantastic initiative so that they can share what they have learned and start making a real difference to people in their communities who have dementia.”

If you would like to attend an information session and become a Dementia Friend, call Nicola August on 01227 763939.

Notes to editors:
Furley Page Elderly Client Team

The Elderly Client Team is headed by Nicola August, the only Approved Panel Deputy of the Court of Protection in East Kent and one of just three in the county. All are members of Solicitors for the Elderly, which is an independent, national organisation of lawyers providing specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people.

Tarvos Wealth

Tarvos Wealth is a team of independent Chartered Financial Planners based in Canterbury. It offers financial planning services to both individuals and businesses in the Kent area. It includes two qualified advisers and a support team of three. Tarvos Wealth is listed in the Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (SIFA) Directory of Professional Independent Financial Advisers endorsed by the Law Society. Tarvos Wealth is a trading name of Furley Page.

Ruth Dolan of Tarvos Wealth

Ruth Dolan has been providing independent financial advice since 2004 on a range of areas, including taxation and investment planning, retirement planning, and protection planning. She is also an accredited Later Life Adviser and member of the Society of Later Life Advisers. SOLLA aims to assist consumers to find quality and trusted financial advisers involved in the older client market by promoting the benefits of working with financial advisers who have achieved the Later Life Adviser Accreditation.

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