Weybridge dementia research event offers legal advice for older residents

Posted on 15th October 2018

Local solicitor Pauline Lawson was joined by scientist Professor Frances Edwards at an event on Thursday 11 October which offered legal advice to older people who are planning for the future, as well as information on dementia.

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in the UK and is most likely to affect those over 65. Alzheimer’s Research UK has been running events across the country to help older people plan effectively for the future as well as offering them the chance to learn more about dementia research.

The event, which took place at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge also featured a presentation by Emma Bates, Gifts in Wills and In Memoriam Marketing Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

She asked those attending to consider leaving a gift in their Wills to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help fund pioneering research into dementia. There are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent the development of dementia.

She said: “Our mission at Alzheimer’s Research UK is to bring about life-changing treatments for people with dementia. We can’t change this without the generous support from so many people who choose to leave gifts in Wills to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“These gifts help to protect our children, grandchildren and future generations from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”

Professor Frances Edwards, who is Professor of Neurodegeneration at University College London addressed the audience about progress that has been made in dementia research, and also spoke about her own work.  

She said: “Alzheimer’s disease is one of several diseases that cause dementia. The condition is devastating and is becoming more prevalent in our society as the population ages. There are currently no treatments to slow, stop or cure the diseases that cause dementia, but researchers like me are working to make breakthroughs possible.

“My work in UCL focuses on synaptic changes as well as the role of the brain’s immune system in Alzheimer’s disease to find new targets for treatments.”

Pauline Lawson, partner at law firm Stone Rowe Brewer, was on hand to offer advice about legal issues that affect people as they get older. She spoke about the necessity of making a Will, the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney, and care planning.

She said: “Planning for the future can be vital to support family members and save time, money and stress further down the line, but it’s something we’re all inclined to put off until later. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak to such an enthusiastic and engaged audience about these important topics, such as the importance of writing a Will with a qualified solicitor and keeping it up to date.

“Access to expert legal guidance can ensure that people’s wishes are respected and their needs are met.  When you have a diagnosis of dementia you have enough challenges ahead without having to worry about legal documents.”

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