Thinking about your legal affairs is a vital step once a diagnosis of dementia is confirmed.
While it may be the last thing you and your loved one may want to do, it is extremely important to take time to consider your legal affairs and the implications of a diagnosis of dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean a person cannot make legal decisions. In the early stages it may still be possible to make or amend a will, to draw up an Enduring Power of Attorney and to make other legal decisions.
It's good to have things sorted out, I feel better to have it done and know that it is done." Person with dementia and member of the Irish Dementia Working Group
This is the time for you and your loved one to review your affairs and take decision which will affect your future. As the condition progresses, at some point this will not be possible. If you and your loved one are unsure about whether you can make legal decisions, talk to your doctor and your solicitor.
We were told to look into our legal and financial afffairs, we put it on the longer finger and then (my wife)'s dementia progressed and she wasn't able to participate. It was much more difficult. My advice is do this as early as you can, for both of you. Annoymous, Kildare.
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If you would like a printed copy of this booklet you can contact our Helpline, we post copies free of charge to people with dementia and their family and friends.