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Busting Myths Of Dementia – Myth 2

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

In support of dementia action week this week Vicki Pearce from our Court of Protection team highlights some of the myths about #Dementia  

Myth 2 : “Getting older means you will get dementia”

It is not an inevitable part of aging.  Dementia is a result of brain cells being damaged by a disease (sometimes referred to as types of dementia) such as:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Vascular dementia
  • Mixed dementia
  • Lewy body
  • Fronto temporal
  • Parkinson’s
  • Huntingdon’s
  • CJD
  • Aids
  • Korsakoffs

Diagnosing the type of dementia can be difficult but tests such as:

  • Mini mental tests
  • Scans
  • Personal history

– can all help.

Diagnosing the type of dementia is important because:

  • There may be medications that can help. Some medications may slow down the cause of the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It can help with the awareness of the progression of the disease for the patient and the family
  • It can help family members if the disease is genetic.

The issues of caring for a loved one, acting for someone who has lost capacity or challenging care funding or care home funding arrangements is complex.

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Vicki Pearce


Vicki Pearce


Vicki is a Partner and head of our Private Client Team and our Care Funding and Court of Protection Team . She is based in Northampton. As head of both teams she is able to bring her expertise and obvious overlaps into both areas of…