As one of Yorkshire’s most active law firms, we like to bring businesses together to tackle some of the key challenges facing us.
In 2015, dementia affected 47.5 million people worldwide and is predicted to rise to 135.5 million by 2050 according to The World Health Organisation (2015). With people living with dementia for many years after the onset of the disease, the personal, social and economic consequences are huge – it is estimated that in 2010, the global cost of dementia care was US$604 billion or 1% of global GDP. By 2030, it is estimated that this could rise to around US$1.2 trillion.
There are a number of companies in Yorkshire doing exciting work in this field and we are hosting a seminar on 14 June to discuss some of the key issues and debate the possibility of creating a centre of excellence in the region that can help people live well with dementia whilst a prevention or cure is being developed.
It is an area of which our private client team has first hand experience on a daily basis as we currently look after the interests of more than 150 clients with mental capacity issues via deputyships and lasting powers of attorney. As a full service firm, many of our other teams also become involved, for example, our debt recovery experts may advise families with loved ones in care homes or the input of our property specialists may be required.
As we protect the interests of so many clients with mental capacity issues, we find that our knowledge of the sector is frequently called on by our colleagues in other teams that are working with businesses who are meeting the needs of people with dementia is a huge variety of ways. For example, businesses which build care homes and training facilities, businesses that develop, manufacture and supply specialist equipment and businesses that provide vital services.
The growing care and support needs of people who live with dementia is a challenge for many other businesses in Yorkshire which is why we have decided to pull together the expertise of companies in the region involved in healthcare. We are fortunate to have so many innovative businesses in Yorkshire focussing on the issue of the ageing population. Leeds is already a leading city in terms of being dementia friendly – the initiative that has been so successful in Rothwell is now inspiring other communities across the city. We want to harness all this positivity by creating a forum to drive a way of dealing with the issues.
We have a fantastic line up of speakers who will be providing various insights into the topic and the seminar will be an opportunity to bring people everyone together and forge links so that we can enhance one another’s work.
As we once again take part in national Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May), I will be running information sessions in my role as a Dementia Friends Champion – any businesses interested in learning more about becoming dementia friendly should get in touch and I’d be happy to run a session for them. Please do give me a call on 0113 336 3363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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