On Tuesday 5 November Ben Saunders, a Private Client solicitor based in our Bicester office, was invited to deliver a Dementia Friends information Session as part of a regular meeting of the trade union representatives and plant management at the BMW Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford.
Part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends social action movement, Ben is trained and authorised to deliver these free Information Sessions to members of the public, companies and other organisations in order to increase understanding and general awareness of the challenges of living with dementia (for both the individual themselves and their friends, family and colleagues).
The 30-minute session was attended by around 20 staff at BMW Mini. It gave the staff new ways of thinking about how diseases of the brain impact on the workings of the brain, and it highlighted the 5 key messages of Dementia Friends:
- Dementia is a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory
- It is possible to live well with dementia
- There is more to the person that the dementia
There are now over 3 million Dementia Friends in the UK, and 445 of those have been created by the 31 Dementia Friends Information Sessions which Ben has delivered over the past 3 years.
Ben is a solicitor specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Deputy applications. The Private Client team as a whole (based in our Bicester and Oxford offices) can provide advice on Wills, Tax, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputy applications.
If you would like Ben to run a free Dementia Friends Information Session for you, your family, workplace or organisations, or if you would like a solicitor in our Private Client team to provide advice or assistance in any of our specialist areas of law, please feel free to contact us on 01865 244661 (Oxford) or 01869 252244 (Bicester)