Lawyers from a South Essex-based law firm are marking Dementia Awareness Day today, Friday 20 January.
Members of the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Palmers Solicitors, which has offices in Basildon, Thurrock and South Woodham Ferrers, have signed up as Dementia Friends and are wearing blue today to raise awareness of the condition.
Siobain Moore, Marissa McKenzie, Leigh Seber and Kate Middleton have all signed up as Dementia Friends, joining their colleagues within the firm’s older client team who had signed up previously. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which encourages people to find out more about living with dementia and to visit people they know who suffer from the condition.
Helen Jago, an Associate Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Palmers who is coordinating the firm’s involvement, said: “With people living longer, more and more people are being diagnosed with dementia and living with the challenges this brings.
“The Dementia Friends initiative and Dementia Awareness Day are great ways to improve awareness of the condition and its impact, not only on those diagnosed with dementia, but on their friends and families.”
Lee McClellan, a Partner at Palmers, added: “Dementia affects an increasing number of people and we are very familiar with the possible legal problems that can arise as a result. This has inspired us to do more to raise awareness of the condition with the aim of improving the quality of life of those living with the condition.”