1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. goodwood park

    goodwood park Registered User

    Sep 23, 2005
    1
    South England
    I need some advice about my father in law who has recently been diagnosed with alzheimer's. The main concern at the moment is he thinks his wife has left him and isn't sure who the woman living with him is? Can anyone advise on the best way to handle this? It is very distressing for the family and mainly for his wife.

    The other concern at the moment is that he and his wife have recently written a will however as he thinks his wife has left him he is refusing to sign it. He is very confused about money in general; can power of atorney be given to his wife without causing him massives of distress? He doesn't want to lose control over his finances.

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  2. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Hi Goodwod Park
    welcome to Talking Point.
    Sorry to hear of your Father in Law's problems.
    I would suggest that you ring the Alzheimer's help line in the first instance
    The number to dial is 0845 300 0336.
    Also have a look at the fact sheets, http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/Facts_about_dementia/index.htm there is much information there,then come back to us again and tell us how you got on.
    Best Wishes
    Norman
     
  3. Angela

    Angela Registered User

    May 28, 2003
    151
    Wales
    Hello
    My advice would be to try and remove them both from the obvious cause of concern, maybe just detailing a past event that mainly involved your mother and father in law, but not to over empasise that this lady is his wife, if it is causing him distress.
    To your second concern, I would suggest that you do not force the issue, but, if you havent already, leave it for some time before approaching the situation again. Could you possible seek the assistance of an independant person? Someone who your father in law can learn to trust, as independant, and so may follow the advice that they give.
    If I may raise a concern, if there are other people involved/may have an interest in his will, they may later dispute his competence whilst giving instruction for the will.
    Please do seek further advice.
     

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