Author calls for govt to tackle ageing population concerns

Author calls for govt to tackle ageing population concerns

A leading economist and author has called upon the government to take a more co-ordinated approach to the UK's ageing population.

George Magnus, writer of the Age of Ageing study, said that as the number of older people in society continues to rise, the cost of providing care for people with diseases such as dementia will also increase.

Speaking to the Alzheimer's Society, Mr Magnus suggests that the financial crisis has brought this issue into the public consciousness - an opportunity that should not be passed up.

"People from different disciplines looking at things such as workforce, care and pensions must now work together towards the same goal," he said.

The charity's interim chief executive Ruth Sutherland added that more investment is needed if the UK is to effectively implement a strategy to deal with this problem.

Research from the Alzheimer's Society suggests that there will be more than one million people living with some form of dementia by the year 2025.

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