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We are proud to have several active Dementia Friends Champions here at Whitehead Monckton - namely Associate Director Katie Broadfield, Director Janet Goode, Solicitor Bekka Fuszard and Trainee Legal Executives Samuel CorseAmy Turner-Ives. They are volunteers for the Alzheimer's Society and have received training and receive ongoing support to be able to offer Dementia Friends Information Sessions to staff and the local community. Each session lasts 45-60 minutes.

The Dementia Friends initiative is about learning more about what it is like to live with dementia and turning that understanding into action. Nearly two and a half million Dementia Friends have now been created across the UK; each helping to change the way we act, talk and think about dementia. As part of Alzheimer’s Society’s long-term commitment to help more communities and businesses become dementia-friendly, a new target of creating four million Dementia Friends by 2020 has been set.

Talking about her role as a Champion, Bekka says: ‘I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I am passionate about dementia awareness and creating a dementia friendly society. My Grandad had dementia and, working in the Tax and Estate Planning Department here, I regularly meet clients who are living with dementia themselves or have loved ones who are. I’m proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.’

Christine Sherringham, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at Alzheimer’s Society says: ‘Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.’

If you would like to register an interest in a Dementia Friend Information Session, please contact any of our Champions who would be delighted to hear from you

Dementia Friendly Kent

Responsible for taking forward Whitehead Monckton’s Dementia Friendly Kent commitments, Bekka is the firm’s dedicated dementia lead. To earn our 'Working to Become Dementia Friendly Kent Organisation' recognition badge, Whitehead Monckton has committed to several pledges such as regularly attending Dementia Action Alliance meetings, supporting local Dementia Cafes and holding Information Sessions at local schools and care homes.

We have also made a pledge to further increase the percentage of staff Dementia Friends (we are aiming for 100%) and continually encourage our staff to promote key messages about dementia. Our Champions have held Information sessions for staff across all four of our offices in Maidstone, Canterbury, Tenterden and Docklands.

Assisting those living with Dementia with their legal affairs

Dementia is a progressive illness and therefore we recommend anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of dementia to review their legal affairs, in particular wills and lasting powers of attorney, as soon as possible. In order to execute new legal documents, certain legal capacity tests must be met and a person living with dementia may or may not be able to satisfy these requirements.

Having taken the time to increase their understanding of dementia, our lawyers understand that each individual has their own dementia journey and take the time, often in conjunction with a doctor, to consider each individual’s capacity and support those living with dementia with their legal affairs. If the legal capacity tests cannot be met, we can support loved ones through the process of a deputyship application.

Dementia can lead to confusion and nervousness in unfamiliar locations and our team are happy to visit clients in their home or at hospital if required.

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