The risk of having a stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55*. A stroke happens when the blood supply to your brain is cut off.* Over a third of stroke survivors in the United Kingdom become dependent upon others such as family or friends.
• Strokes occur approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK – that is one every 3 minutes 27 seconds*
• First-time incidence of stroke occurs almost 17 million times a year worldwide – one every two seconds*
• There are around 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK*
For this reason, it is very important to have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place; this will allow your Attorney/Attorneys to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney and you become unable to manage your own affairs, an application would have to be made to the Court of Protection for the appointment of Deputy. This is a difficult and costly process to initiate and there will be annual ongoing costs during your lifetime.
*Statistics from the Stroke Association: https://www.stroke.org.uk/