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Furley Page urges businesses to support Dementia Awareness Week

Furley Page urges businesses to support Dementia Awareness Week

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Furley Page urges businesses to support Dementia Awareness Week

Furley Page urges businesses to support Dementia Awareness Week

A lawyer dedicated to helping the vulnerable is urging businesses to raise awareness of dementia among their staff so they have a better understanding of what it is like for customers and clients who live with the condition.

As head of Kent law firm Furley Page’s specialised vulnerable client team, partner Nicola August knows only too well how frightening and difficult everyday tasks can be for people with dementia.

“Activities such as shopping, banking and leisure pursuits all hold a number of challenges for a person with dementia but with a little awareness, patience, good customer care and service, friendly staff can make these experiences less of a challenge,” says Nicola who, as a Dementia Friends Champion, is part of a network of volunteers helping to create ‘dementia-friendly communities’ nationwide.

Nicola is encouraging businesses to support Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from May 15 to 21.

“It’s important for businesses to look at how they can improve the experience for customers and clients living with dementia, as well as their families and carers, so that they can continue to be as independent as possible,” says Nicola.

“I’m keen to help businesses raise awareness and empower their staff by encouraging them to attend free Dementia Friends sessions to pick up skills and tips and learn about the effects of dementia. Businesses can also get involved by joining local dementia-friendly community forums.”

Nicola will be working in partnership with fellow Dementia Friends Champion Ruth Dolan, a Chartered Financial Planner with Kent-based financial planning experts Tarvos Wealth, to offer businesses free Dementia Friends information sessions.

“The information sessions are informative and interactive and a good way to learn more about dementia. Staff can then share what they have learned and start making a real difference to customers and clients in their communities who have dementia,” says Nicola.

“By 2020 it’s estimated that there will be more than 27,000 people in Kent living with dementia. And it’s not just over-65s who are affected – there are a number of groups across the county with younger people in ‘young onset’ groups, many of whom are in their 40s and 50s,” she adds.

“Society tends to have a negative response to dementia but by encouraging our communities, including businesses, to be more accepting, helpful and understanding, individuals can feel supported and continue to enjoy fulfilling lives.”

If you would like your staff to attend an information session and become Dementia Friends, contact Nicola August at or call 01227 763939.

Nicola August has years of experience in dealing with delicate legal matters surrounding elderly or vulnerable clients who may be living with dementia, or are becoming confused and struggling to look after their affairs.

Her expertise includes helping clients prepare for later life, including Will drafting, Advance Decisions (or Living Wills), Powers of Attorney, care fee funding advice, including NHS Continuing Healthcare, and Court of Protection advice.

To find out more about the full range of support services offered by Furley Page’s vulnerable client team, visit You can also follow the firm on Twitter @furleypage and on LinkedIn.

For further information about Dementia Awareness Week, go to

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