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Dementia 'must be addressed'

Dementia 'must be addressed'
15th December 2008

The problem of dementia care and prevention must be addressed to meet the issue of an ageing population, it has been stated.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, more needs to be done to further improve treatments for those with the condition.

The group said: "We must tackle dementia now to ensure people receive an accurate diagnosis, early intervention and good quality care."

In a statement, the society went on to say this can be achieved through the forthcoming national strategy for England and Wales on the illness.

It added age is the biggest factor affecting the risk of the illness, with one in three people over the age of 65 dying of the condition.

According to figures recently released by the Office for National Statistics, this age group will make up almost a quarter of the UK's population by 2032.

Earlier this month, Stephen O'Brien, the shadow health minister, described the illness as a "generational time-bomb".

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