Senior Australian lawyer Rod Genders gives a quick (5 minute) overview of Testamentary Capacity – an increasingly common and important problem as Australia braces for a projected tripling of Alzheimer’s in our rapidly ageing population.
Medical science is keeping us alive for longer than ever before, and the Australian population is ageing fast. Dementia already affects approximately 160 000 Australians.
Dementia affects about 10% of those aged over 65 years, and 20% of those over 80 years suffer from severe dementia. Frighteningly, Alzheimer’s Australia says we can expect a 300% increase in the numbers of dementia patients in the next 30 years.
Senior Australian lawyer Rod Genders discusses how mental health affects a person’s legal capacity to make decisions in their own best interests.