Government 'must do more' to tackle dementia

A research charity has called on the government to increase its funding and commitment to tackling the threat posed by dementia to over 50s health.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust expressed its disappointment in a recent ministerial summit on the issue of dementia research, which it described as a missed opportunity to end "years of underfunding" for the field.

At the summit, care services minister Phil Hope called for more of the 1.7 billion 2011 medical research budget to be allocated to researching the disease.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, welcomed Mr Hope's support, but suggested that it fell short of the necessary commitment.

She said: "If we are going to head-off the forecast of doubling dementia prevalence within a generation, we are running out of time to act."

According to The King's Fund charity, dementia is currently estimated to affect 7.1 per cent of over 65s and cost people in England around 14.8 billion in 2007.

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