As the country mourns the passing of Dame Barbara Windsor, it is crucial that we all remember to start a conversation about dementia and the potential impact it can have.
The more we talk about it, and the better prepared we are to deal with it, then the easier it will become. It may be worth thinking about whether you and your family are prepared should someone be diagnosed with the disease.
Preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney documents beforehand is likely to be an important first step in tackling the effects of the disease and easing the burden for all involved.
Dame Barbara Windsor was an amazingly true, much-loved national treasure, and in speaking out about her experiences shone like a beacon for others affected by dementia.