Charity condemns 'daylight robbery' in over 50s health care

The Alzheimer's Society has spoken out against what it perceives as the exploitation of over 50s dementia sufferers by the UK's care infrastructure.

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's charity, has accused care homes of overcharging patients for below-par healthcare and of wantonly prescribing antipsychotic medication that can in many cases be harmful to health.

Mr Hunt has called for immediate government action to overhaul the system of drug prescription and social care financing to attend to the needs of the estimated one million dementia sufferers expected within the next 17 years.

He said: "It's an outrage people are being prescribed harmful antipsychotic drugs and families are being bankrupted by a derelict charging system. We are headed for a Granny Crunch unless the government acts now."

Last month, the Alzheimer's Research Trust published findings which suggested over 50s could reduce the risk of suffering from dementia by participating in mentally stimulating work, even after retirement.

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