07 July 2010
Dementia risk 'should be accounted for in wills'
When consumers are drafting their wills, they should take into account the risk they may develop dementia, it has been claimed.
According to Peter Ashley from Cheshire, who was diagnosed with the condition a decade ago, avoiding the possibility in inadvisable, the Guardian reports.
He had an enduring power of attorney drafted eight years ago.
In it, he nominated his wife as carer and, if she is not available, his three daughters.
Meanwhile, Ms Ashley also selected a doctor and specified that the medical expert has to agree with the carer on the issue of his intellectual competence.
Commenting on his situation, he said: "It should be a fact of life ... that you look to your ultimate demise and think: 'I'm going to have to relieve my worldly assets, prior to that I might lose my competence'."
According to figures cited by the NHS, dementia is a common condition and around 570,000 people suffer from it in England alone.
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