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Dementia is a condition 'which does not attract enough attention'

Dementia is a condition 'which does not attract enough attention'
3rd July 2009

While it affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, dementia does not get the coverage it should, according to a leading British doctor.

Dr Dave Anderson, the chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, made his comments following a study by the Alzheimer's Society which found that Britain is lagging behind Germany, France and the US in terms of funding to fight the condition.

Luckily, awareness is rising in the UK despite there needing to be more of a spotlight on the condition, with the expert lauding the National Dementia Strategy which was pioneered in February.

He added: "[Also] over the last couple of years there has been a lot more information for the public, trying to ensure people are more informed than they used to be and that's a very, very good thing because that's where it all starts."

According to recent research by the King's Fund, the estimated prevalence of dementia in those aged 65 and over is 7.1 per cent.

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