Planning ahead

After you’ve had time to adjust to your diagnosis, make sure your financial and other affairs are in good order.

There are things you can do to make managing money easier. Talk to your bank about a third-party mandate which will allow someone else to deal with your bank account.

Consider getting a chip and signature card, so you don’t have to remember a PIN number.

You and your carer may be entitled to a range of benefits. If you have dementia you may be eligible for attendance allowance, or (if under 65) Disability Living Allowance or the new personal independence payment. Your carer may also be eligible for Carers allowance. Please ask Age UK for advice.

Now is the time to plan ahead and talk to others about the future. If you’re able, try to do it as soon as you can.

Make sure you have an up-to-date will. Consider setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney. This will allow someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you’re no longer able to.

To have your say in future medical care, you can also set up an advance decision. Talk to your GP or solicitor about this.

If you drive, you must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Great Britain or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland (DVLNI) about your diagnosis. You must also tell your car insurer.

If you’re working when you’re diagnosed with dementia, you may choose to carry on doing so.

It’s important to talk to your employer. If you stop working or reduce your hours, you may be eligible for some further benefits.