Lupton Fawcett staff become Dementia Friends
Lupton Fawcett has supported training of over 30 members of its York Office staff to become Dementia Friends, in support of an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.
There are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today (March 2016 stats Alzheimer’s Research UK), representing 1.3% of the UK population. By 2025 this number is expected to increase to over 1 million and by 2050 it is projected to exceed 2 million. In Yorkshire and the North East alone, there are over 100,000 sufferers.
Lupton Fawcett is very keen to encourage all staff to develop the necessary skills to engage and work with those affected by dementia together with their relatives and carers. The interactive Dementia Friends sessions were led by Dementia Friends Champion Dawn Clements, director of fundraising at St Leonard’s Hospice. The sessions enabled staff to learn about what dementia is, how it affects those living with it and consequently, how best we can help.
Antonia Moore, a senior solicitor at Lupton Fawcett’s York office, who specialises in private client advice, says “It is a common misconception that dementia is a disease which only affects the elderly. Our awareness training has highlighted that dementia is actually caused by many different diseases, with Alzheimers being the most commonly known. Many also fail to recognise the 700,000 carers who support their loved ones, a figure that is set to rise in the coming years”.
Antonia continues: “The training was really well received by all my colleagues who took part. It turned our obliviousness into inspired awareness. The number of residents living in the York area with dementia is increasing and we are advising more and more clients with dementia related issues. My colleagues and I are very proud to be part of the Dementia Friendly movement and hope to be instrumental in motivating other businesses to become aware of the issues involved. We pride ourselves in offering a sensitive, personal yet professional service to all our clients and this training will prove invaluable to the assistance we are able to provide to those living with dementia and the families that care for them”.
The firm’s Leeds and Sheffield offices are also being trained as Dementia Friends during May and June.