What to do when you get Alzheimer's
Most people who develop Alzheimer's disease do so after the age of 65, but people under this age can also develop it. This is called early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a type of young-onset dementia. In the UK there are over 40,000 people under the age of 65 with dementia.
According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are around 800,000 people in the UK diagnosed with dementia. 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, with two-thirds of those diagnosed with dementia being women.
The number of people diagnosed with dementia is increasing because people are living for longer. It is estimated that by 2021, the number of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK, will have increased to around about 1 million. Alzheimer's is one of the main reasons why you could be deemed to be incapable of managing your affairs.
If you are unable to manage your affairs, then you will not be able to prepare a Will for yourself, and as a result, your estate will be dealt with in accordance with the rules of Intestacy and may end up with unintended beneficiaries. However, there is a process called Statutory Wills where someone can apply to the Court of Protection to prepare a Will on your behalf should you become physically or mentally unable to yourself.