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Conservatives: Dementia time-bomb is ticking

Conservatives: Dementia time-bomb is ticking
9th December 2008

The Conservative Party has warned that state-run care homes will not be adequately-equipped in the face of the ongoing threat of dementia.

According to statistics presented by the Alzheimer's Society, the number of people expected to have dementia by 2021 will rise to 240,000, with 1,735,087 individuals having the condition by 2051.

However, in the last four years it has been noted that the number of homes able to deal with this has dropped by nine per cent.

Stephen O'Brien, the shadow health minister, said that Labour continued to make cuts despite a recorded rise in the number of people succumbing to the condition.

He continued: "Gordon Brown needs urgently to wake up to the scale of the generational time-bomb we are facing and begin to take the welfare of the elderly in our society seriously."

The Alzheimer's Society states that 700,000 people live with dementia in the UK and IT costs over £17 billion a year to the UK economy.

It added that two-thirds of those with dementia are female.

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