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Ageing society 'not addressed properly by health services'

Ageing society 'not addressed properly by health services'
2nd October 2009

The current health system is not doing enough to match the demands of an ageing population, it has been said.

A spokesman for Age Concern and Help the Aged explained that the NHS and other health models have not truly moved with the times in regards to changing demographics and as a result, the likes of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are not being addressed as much as they could be.

He asserted that such groups have had "plenty of warning" that people would be living longer and that research, as well as medical and social care, must not be underfunded and therefore undermine those who become dependent in their old age.

The representative concluded: "This doesn't have to be incredibly difficult or negative.

"It should be something positive and something we can celebrate and take best advantage of, but we just have to change our institutions and our structures to reflect the reality."

On April 1st, Age Concern and Help the Aged joined forces to speak on behalf of all older people in the UK.

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