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Alzheimer's disease needs research as a 'long-term solution'

Alzheimer's disease needs research as a 'long-term solution'
21st May 2009

The government needs to consider wider-reaching initiatives to help in the battle against dementia and Alzheimer's disease, it has been asserted.
Andrew Scheuber, a spokesman for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said that there are many problems with dementia care in the UK, though the government is doing a lot to correct this, such as through establishing such things as the National Dementia Strategy.

However, the expert noted that his organisation believes the government is missing out on a lot of long-term strategies, particularly research, especially given that studies into prevention could save millions of sufferers.

Mr Scheuber continued: "Dementia at the moment costs the UK economy £17 billion a year.

"If we could work out how to delay Alzheimer's disease by five years, then we can halve the number of people who die with the condition."

Over 700,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia, a figure set to grow to one million by 2025.

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