I was rummaging about in the Family Court Statistics looking for statistics on the Court of Protection (no I don’t know why they’re categorised under ‘Family Court’ either), when I noticed that there are now statistics on the age and gender breakdown of persons with registered Lasting Powers of Attorney. I’ve made these into a couple of graphs.
The first graph shows that LPAs are still mostly made by older people – typically between the ages of 70 and 90.
So they appear to be instruments that people use to prepare for age related cognitive impairments such as dementia, rather than other kinds of impairment (such as a brain injury) that might occur at any point in a person’s lifetime.
The chart on gender had me really puzzled, however. It seems that the majority of registered LPAs are made by men, not women:
I found this surprising, as we know that statistically there are more women living in the UK than men, and that becomes even more pronounced in older age. See, for example, this chart from the Office of National Statistics:
I’m not really sure why men are more likely to make LPAs than women, and I wondered if anyone else had any ideas?