More attention needed for 'neglected' dementia research

An expert has called for greater funding and commitment to be directed to treating over 50s suffering from dementia amid accusations that the disease is being ignored.

Dr Dave Anderson, chair of the faculty of old age psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has accused the government and NHS of overlooking the disease because it primarily affects older people and stressed the need for greater awareness.

The comments come after the Alzheimer's Research Trust and Alzheimer's Society called for the government to triple investment in dementia research to 96 million to prevent UK treatment from lagging further behind Europe and the US.

Dr Anderson said: "It effectively affects older people and I think it's the fact that it's mostly an elderly-related condition that [means it] attracts less attention."

However, he added that the increased awareness of mental health issues among the general public was a sign of positive progress.

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