The increase in the volumes exampled below is in no small part due to the UK’s ageing demographic. The medical care we receive enabling survival of severe life changing injury, illness and degenerative disease means that we are living longer, but in growing cases needing support to manage on a day to day basis. Lasting Powers of Attorney or their equivalent for other jurisdictions provide preparation for such possible events and situations, they are a preventative measure.
It is estimated that a minimum of 1 million people in the UK are living with the long-term effect of brain injury. (Headway the Brain Injury Association)
There will be over 1 million people with dementia by 2021. (Alzheimer’s Society) Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health UK signed the G8 Dementia Summit Declaration which states “We recognise that dementia is not a normal part of ageing. It is a condition that impairs the cognitive brain functions of memory, language, perception and thought and which interferes significantly with the ability to maintain the activities of daily living. We also acknowledge that dementia affects more than 35 million people worldwide, a number that is expected to almost double every 20 years.” (The G8 Global Action Against Dementia Summit held on the 11 December 2013)
Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK, that is one every 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Stroke is often thought to only affect older people, but around a third of those who have a stroke are under the age of 65. (Stroke Association).
Almost 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss. That’s approximately one person in 30. It is predicted that by 2020 the number of people with sight loss will rise to over 2,250,000. By 2050, the numbers of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly 4 million.(RNIB)
It is estimated that there are 40 thousand people living with spinal cord injury. (Aspire Supporting People with Spinal Injury) 4,894 people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in 2011. (Department of Transport)
Office of the Public Guardian
Over 92% of LPA intake is from customers aged 60 and over. At present, 10 million people in the UK are over 65 years old. The latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people in 20 years time and by 2050, this number will have almost doubled to around 19 million. (Office of the Public Guardian Business Plan 2013-2014)